The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time

  • Published on: 12 March 2019
  • The California condor is the biggest flying bird in North America, a title that it has held since the Late Pleistocene Epoch. It's just one example of an organism that we share the planet with today that seems lost in time, out of place in our world.

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  • Max Thrust
    Max Thrust   10 hours ago

    It shouldn’t be possible, but I’m fairly certain I saw a California Condor on Vancouver Island just the other day. Whatever it was, it was by far the biggest wild bird I’ve ever seen.

  • Jayvee Jacla
    Jayvee Jacla   15 hours ago

    Ravens, vultures and gulls should pay respect for this scavenger veteran..

  • AgressiveRimJobs
    AgressiveRimJobs   4 days ago

    Could you please do a video on the extinct birds of New Zealand? Until humans arrived there was no native land mammals with the exception of 2 species of bats. Birds reigned supreme in New Zealand and we once boasted the worlds largest eagle, ratite (ostrich), and parrot. Classic case of island gigantism. With no predators birds evolved to cover all niches in the environment and that is why so many cool birds live here.

  • Non Applicable
    Non Applicable   1 weeks ago

    Living in Holbrook Az it was a sight to see a few large birds hanging out near my house in some of the Japanese elms trees that grew in my neighborhood.

  • Warduxe Reaper
    Warduxe Reaper   1 weeks ago

    I thought argentavis magnificus was the largest😂

  • Levin Dikkaya
    Levin Dikkaya   1 weeks ago

    Vultures are not dumb and stupid. They clever and smart. They just have a bad image. Because they are scavangers

  • Bazz vid
    Bazz vid   1 weeks ago

    We need to protect animals it’s sad that so many are endangered. I mean I don’t want my kids to live in a world where tigers aren’t around or lions or gorillas or elephants #protectanimals

  • Z Murkur
    Z Murkur   1 weeks ago

    What about the Condors in Chile? Is their story similar? I'm interested because the Condor is Chile's national bird so I'm curious

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin   1 weeks ago

    Haast's eagle has joined the game

  • SemiPro Student
    SemiPro Student   1 weeks ago

    Okay the fact that the pronghorn is just too fast is hilarious

  • karl chris
    karl chris   1 weeks ago

    In South Africa their's a lammegeier which I think is of a similar family

  • VbgVbg 113
    VbgVbg 113   1 weeks ago

    Funny how its been flying so high up that it missed out on the changes.

  • The Babscast
    The Babscast   1 weeks ago

    Music reminds me of radiohead "pyramid song"

  • jose juarez
    jose juarez   1 weeks ago

    I’m pretty sure they feast on human remains or carcasses from Mexicans that cross the border and die in the desert

  • Demon Earth
    Demon Earth   1 weeks ago

    Kondors are pretty great, way before I was born kondors went extinct off of Vancouver island(where I live) My Great grandpa hunted some.

  • Sulli11
    Sulli11   1 weeks ago

    Aren't Bison still around though?

  • Noah Pak
    Noah Pak   1 weeks ago

    You really should have mentioned the affects of DDT. It was a pesticide that weakened the condor's eggshell making them unable to reproduce. DDT was banned, and the condors were taken into captive breeding. What helped them was the ability to double clutch. What happens is if the condor looses an egg, they can lay another. You really should have touched on some of these points.

  • J Moon
    J Moon   1 weeks ago

    The bird is from Ecuador!

  • Lil Kodak
    Lil Kodak   2 weeks ago

    When I was younger I saw like 3-4 of these fly and pass above me it was freaky. Just stating how big they are doesn’t really paint the picture of how gigantic they are, they were as long as our truck we had in the yard.

    FG NILLS   2 weeks ago

    Love the video very informative

  • Anuj Sheth
    Anuj Sheth   2 weeks ago

    My heart just broke.. When he started the extinct part..

  • jp f
    jp f   2 weeks ago

    Another reason settlers killed buffalo