As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Andean Condor in Ecuador fitted with satellite tracking transmitter for first time

Endangered bird rescued, rehabilitated and released
August 2013. Wearing identification tag #1 on his wing, a young Andean Condor was released into the wild on high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, where he has become a national symbol for the effort to save the species from extinction.

Critically Endangered in Ecuador
It was the first time that a condor in Ecuador - where the birds are critically endangered - has been released with a satellite transmitter. Andean Condors are listed as "Near Threatened" on the IUCN Red List. The device will allow biologists to track his movements and study condor habitat requirements, foraging behaviour, and roosting sites.

"This is an important first step in better understanding the status of the Andean Condor in Ecuador," said J. Peter Jenny, president of The Peregrine Fund, an Idaho-based conservation group that is helping to fund the study.

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