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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #168 "Beak Boy"
Sex: Male Hatchday & Location: May 9, 1997, LA Zoo Release Date: January 19, 1999 Parents:  #20 and #29 Local Biological Siblings: #199 and #209 Breeding Status: Paired with #208 Offspring: Foster reared #429 and #665, biological chick #431
Beak Boy was fostered by a pair of Andean Condors (which are larger and stronger than California Condors) and his foster parents accidentally injured him during a feeding and his beak was broken. Bird beaks are very sensitive and this injury took time to heal before he could be released. He has fully healed, but sports a regal, prominent bump on his beak. Beak Boy is now one of the more dominant males in the Big Sur flock and holds his own when vying for a spot at a carcass.

In 2006, he paired with Condor #208 and they have been inseparable ever since. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century. VWS Biologists were unsure about the health of 168 & 208's first wild egg, so the egg was taken to LA Zoo. The egg later hatched successfully as Condor 431, who was reared in captivity by a Foster Pair with hopes of returning her back to the wild.

In June of 2008, 431 and seven other condors were evacuated from a pre-release holding pen in Big Sur after a close call with a large wildfire. 431 was successfully released later that year at the Pinnacles and eventually reunited with her wild parents in Big Sur in early 2009. After several more nesting attempts, Beak Boy and #208 successfully fostered Condor #665 to the wild in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!
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