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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #559 "Quiet One"
Sex: Male Hatch Location & Date: Los Angeles Zoo, 4/12/2010 Release Date: 1/6/2012 Parents:  #138 and #84 Local Biological Siblings: #460 Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
Quiet One had a rough-and-tumble introduction to life in the wild when he was released in Big Sur after almost two years of living in the Los Angeles Zoo. Just minutes after he took his first steps as a free condor, he encountered a golden eagle, which quickly showed him who was boss. Golden eagles are one of a variety of species of scavengers that condors coexist with at feeding sites. Although condors are larger than golden eagles, golden eagles are more aggressive and have sharp talons that can do severe damage, resulting in golden eagles getting first priority at a carcass. Quiet One got through his first tangle without any serious injury and spent his first months in the wild close to the release site.

As he is maturing, Quiet One can be seen exploring both the Big Sur coastline and Pinnacles National Park, keeping company with other birds around his age. He happens to be a very photogenic condor, keeping his long primary feathers well-preened and in good condition. All condors are fastidious about preening after a meal and will bathe in water or rub their heads and necks along the ground, rocks, or grass in an effort to stay as clean as possible. After they bathe, they will spread their wings wide to dry them in the sun and Quiet One is a particularly beautiful sight to see when he suns his wings.
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