California condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

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Listing Status:    and  

General Information

117-134 cm. Huge and unmistakable. Black with white wing-linings and silvery panel on upper secondaries. Head naked and orange/red. Immatures with black head and underwing mottled dark. Soars on horizontal wings with primaries curled up.

Population detail

The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the California condor 

  • Population location: Entire, except where listed as an experimental population

    Listing status:  Endangered

    • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  Arizona , California
    • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:  Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge
  • Population location: U.S.A. (specific portions of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah)

    Listing status:  Experimental Population, Non-Essential

    • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  Arizona , Utah
    • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
03/11/1967 California/Nevada Region (Region 8) Entire, except where listed as an experimental population
10/16/1996 Pacific Region (Region 1) U.S.A. (specific portions of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah)

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
01/02/1996 61 FR 35 47 ETWP: Proposed Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of California Condors in Northern Arizona
03/11/1967 32 FR 4001 Endangered Species List - 1967
03/25/2009 74 FR 12878 12883 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada
06/25/2004 69 FR 35663 34664 Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit Associated with a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Federally Endangered California Condor
12/16/1975 40 FR 58308 58312 Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Snail Darter, American Crocodile, Whooping Crane, California Condor, Indiana Bat, and Florida Manatee; 40 FR 58308 58312 (Percina (Imostoma) sp., Crocodylus acutus, Grus americana, Gymnogyps californicus, Myotis sodalis, Trichechus manatus)
09/24/1976 41 FR 41914 Determination of Critical Habitat for American Crocodile, California Condor, Indiana Bat, and Florida Manatee; 41 FR 41914 (American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, California condor, Gymnogyps californianus; Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis; Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus)
10/16/1996 61 FR 54045 54060 ETWP; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of California Condors in Northern Arizona
09/22/1977 42 FR 47840 47845 Final Correction and Augumentation of Critical Habitat Reorganization; 42 FR 47840 47845
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
10/16/1996 61 FR 54045 54060 ETWP; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of California Condors in Northern Arizona
01/02/1996 61 FR 35 47 ETWP: Proposed Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of California Condors in Northern Arizona

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
04/25/1996 California Condor Recovery Plan, Third Revision View Implementation Progress Final Revision 3
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03/25/2009 74 FR 12878 12883 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
06/04/2013 California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
09/22/1977 42 FR 47840 47845 Final Correction and Augumentation of Critical Habitat Reorganization; 42 FR 47840 47845 Final Rule Final designated
09/24/1976 41 FR 41914 Determination of Critical Habitat for American Crocodile, California Condor, Indiana Bat, and Florida Manatee; 41 FR 41914 (American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, California condor, Gymnogyps californianus; Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis; Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus) Final Rule Not Required
12/16/1975 40 FR 58308 58312 Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Snail Darter, American Crocodile, Whooping Crane, California Condor, Indiana Bat, and Florida Manatee; 40 FR 58308 58312 (Percina (Imostoma) sp., Crocodylus acutus, Grus americana, Gymnogyps californicus, Myotis sodalis, Trichechus manatus) Proposed Rule Unknown

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
Kern Water Bank
Nuevo-Torch
Seneca and Enron Oil and Gas

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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