Instead of names, every California condor is identified by a “studbook” number, assigned on their hatch date. A studbook is essentially a breeding registry that helps managers document and keep track of pedigree and individual birds. The lower the studbook number, the older the bird. Each bird is visually identified by a vinyl ID tag on one or both wings. For information on interpreting each tag visit condorspotter.com. To learn more about the condors that you might see, you can also visit the Ventana Wildlife Society's condor profile page.
Profiles of the Pinnacles Condors
Condor 438 was released on 12/6/08 along with 418. 438 hatched on 4/21/07 at the World Center for Birds of Prey. While in the flight pen, she stayed very close to Hoi, an older mentor bird who was kept in the pen to help instill appropriate behaviors in the young birds. Once released she stayed close to Pinnacles for only a short time and then made her way to the Big Sur coast where she has enjoyed feeding regularly on sea lions and other marine life that washes up along the coast. 438 has also found a mate in condor 199, who is managed by VWS. The pair successfully fledged their first offspring in 2015, Condor 789 (who is also managed by VWS). They attempted to nest again in 2017 but the nest failed early on.
Hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey on 4/2/08 and reared by foster parents, 463 was released into Pinnacles on 11/24/09. 463 continues to be the most dominant bird of the 2009 cohort. He sometimes crowded and pushed the other juveniles from the "best" perches while in the flight pen. 463 also began feeding before the other birds, with the exception of the adult mentor. Within his first year in the wild he explored most of the territory regularly visited by the Pinnacles flock and still continues to be one of the more adventurous condors by exploring the far reaches of the Central California range. He found a mate in VWS condor 583; they attempted to nest in 2017 but their nest failed. 583 went missing shortly after that, and has not been signaled or sighted in months.
534 hatched on 5/18/09 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. She brings the total number of Oregon hatched birds in the Pinnacles flock to four (joining 340, 481, and 525), but does not have any genetic siblings in the Pinnacles' flock. As with many other Oregon hatched birds, the honor of naming her was given to an Oregon tribe and she is known as Yawtanin. She is a rather curious bird; she was the first juvenile in this group to explore several of the traps and other areas of the flight pen. She was released along with 543 on 10/12/10. She now enjoys spending her time along the beautiful Big Sur Coast with two males, 204 and 470. After a failed nesting attempt with both of those condors in 2015, the "trio" successfully raised condor 842 in 2016. Unfortunately 534 went missing in early 2017 and hasn’t been seen in months.
550 was the nestling from the 2010 condor nest inside the park. Unfortunately, she had to be evacuated due to high levels of lead in her blood. Her lead levels were returned to normal while at the L.A. Zoo and she was finally able to take her first flight in the wild in autumn 2011. 550 is one of our smaller females. Since her release she seems to spend most of her time on the coast in Big Sur.
564 hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey on April 17, 2010. He is the younger genetic sibling of 438. 564 is quite the explorer and is a trailblazer for the flock. In 2015, he covered the entire historic California range for condors. He flew north of San Jose before venturing down into southern California, up the Sierras next to Mt. Whitney, and back to central CA within a month's time. 564 is another bird that is difficult to trap; he is currently stealth, meaning he has no working transmitters.
589 hatched on June 13, 2010 at the World Center for Birds of Prey. After being released in October 2011, he had a rough few days of being blown by the winds. With the guidance of slightly older juvenile birds, 589 was able to make flights out of the park. He is constantly exploring more of San Benito and Monterey Counties. 589 paired with VWS-managed condor 569, and in 2017 the two successfully raised the second chick to fledge out of Pinnacles in the last 100 years- condor 878.
602 is a male that hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo on 4/10/11. 602 seems to be the most dominant of his cohort and quickly integrated into the flock. Soon after being released on 1/30/13, he took a short trip out of the park and was able to make it back safely. 602 is frequently in Pinnacles National Park and has become a dominant bird in the flock. We expect him to find a mate shortly!
626 is another condor hatched at the Portland Zoo on 5/30/11. 626 was the most submissive bird of the 2013 cohort and spent a lot of her time away from the other juveniles in the pen. Shortly after her release on 2/27/13, 626 made a flight to the High Peaks and did not feed for 3 weeks! She then returned to the bait site and quickly integrated into the flock. She tends to explore all the areas between Pinnacles National Park and Big Sur. 626 is often seen courted by males during breeding season and will likely attempt nesting in the upcoming year.
She hatched at the Oregon Zoo on 4/11/13, and was transported to the Pinnacles flight pen on 10/22/14. Along with the other six juveniles in the 2015 cohort (687, 688, 692, 700, 704, and 713), 684 was released in early 2015. She is one of the more dominant birds in the group, frequently pushing the other juveniles around. She also took more practice flights in the pen than the other condors, which was great preparation for her release into the wild. 684 was the first bird released from her cohort, joining the free flying flock on 1/29/15.
687 is also from the Oregon Zoo, and was hatched on 4/19/13. The Cowlitz tribe gave her the name Stuqw (pronounced stoa'-qu), which is the Lower Cowlitz Salish noun for "thunder" or "thunderbird". She is one of the more laid-back juveniles, rarely taking flights or asserting dominance over the others. 687 was released on 3/5/15 and quickly took flight around the park.
Another Oregon Zoo bird, 688 hatched on 4/22/13. He arrived at Pinnacles on 10/22/14 along with the other six juveniles in the 2015 cohort and one adult mentor bird (condor 20) to help teach them proper condor behavior. 688 was released on 3/8/15, and immediately took flight over Pinnacles, perhaps he was strengthened by his name Ksh'pali, which was bestowed upon him by the Cowlitz tribe. Ksh'pali is the Upper Cowlitz Taidnapam dialect species name for condor. We look forward to seeing what other surprises he will bring in the future.
This young male was hatched at the Oregon Zoo on 4/26/13, and was transported to the Pinnacles flight pen on 10/22/14 with the rest of the 2015 juvenile cohort and their adult mentor bird. He has become known as the 'lover bird' of the cohort, and has been seen cuddling and allopreening with 700, 688, and 684. 692 joined the wild on 2/11/15 and enjoys exploring San Benito and Monterey counties.
700 hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho on 5/3/13. This bird seems to be a quieter and less dominant member of the 2015 cohort, and was released on 4/1/15. 700 also spends his time split between Pinnacles and the coast.
704 also hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho and arrived at Pinnacles on 10/22/14. 704 has been one of the more active birds, taking flights in the pen before many of the other juveniles. 704 was released on 3/24/15. So far 704, has proved to be quite a homebody and is often spotted in the park.
The younger sibling of Condor 684, Condor 725 is also a female hatched at the Oregon Zoo on 3/18/2014. She was released 2/4/2016 and immediately took off towards the southern border of the park. Since being released, 725 has adjusted to life in the wild and explores around South San Benito County with other free-flying condors.
Condor 728 was the first of the 2016 cohort to be released. She was hatched at the Oregon Zoo on 3/20/2014 and released from the flight pen on 12/5/2015. 728 was a little wary of being out in the wild at first, staying close to the Pinnacles release site for the first couple of weeks. She now spends most of her time out of the park in South San Benito County.
Released on 2/21/2016, condor 744 spends her time between Pinnacles and Big Sur. She was also hatched at Oregon Zoo and the youngest of the 2016 cohort, and also seems to be the most timid.744 has an older biological brother in the Central CA flock, Condor 706, who is managed by VWS and was released in 2015. 744 has come into her own more since her release, and is now notorious for being wily and hard to handle during her yearly health checks.
This chick was the only wild condor raised by a Pinnacles managed bird (310) in 2014. 745 hatched in a nest in Los Padres National Forest on 3/25/14, and was successfully raised by his mother and his father (VWS condor 219). We enjoyed watching him take his first flights throughout the fall and were quite elated when he made it to Pinnacles for the first time. 745 now ventures throughout the San Benito and Monterey counties and seems to have found friends in the 2016 cohort.
785 is one of two juvenile condors that was released from Pinnacles in February 2017. In captivity, he displayed his dominance over his companion 795. He was hatched on April 27, 2015 at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Idaho. While in captivity, 785 spent his time taking short flights in the pen, picking on 795, and playing tug of war with pieces of rope. Now that he’s in the wild, he tends to stick close to Pinnacles and hangs out with other juvenile condors.
Hatched on May 9, 2015 from the World Center for Birds of Prey in Idaho, 795 is slightly younger and smaller than her cohort member 785. They were both released into the wild in February 2017. 795 is much less dominant and pushy than 785, and always waits for him to finish eating before she takes her turn. After her release, she immediately flew south of the park and didn’t return to Pinnacles for a few months, which is unusual for newly released birds. She’s proven to be very independent and exploratory since she’s been in the wild.
Last updated: March 13, 2018