An early post to this blog explained the blog’s name. To summarize that older post, Pseudogryps is not a scientific name that was ever formally applied to the California condor or any other species. Rather, Pseudogryps was set out by Elliott Coues to explain why he considered Pseudogryphus, a name that was formally applied to the California condor, to be “flawed”. The flaw was that Pseudogryphus mixed the Greek pseudo with the Latin gryphus. Coues’s Pseudogryps had the same meaning as Pseudogryphus, but Pseudogryps was “pure” Greek.
In this post, I dig deeper into Pseudogryps and Pseudogryphus.
In 1992, after nearly 5 years during which there were no California condors living outside of captivity, condors returned to the wilds of southern California. Since 1992, condors have also returned to their former habitats in central California, the Grand Canyon area, and Baja California.
So it should not be surprising that the word return is frequently found in the titles of articles about the California condor. For example, the image above shows the title of Linda Litchfield’s article in the Spring 1993 issue of ZooLife magazine.
In this post, I note articles and books about the California condor’s return.
Given that the extinction of the California condor was predicted in the 19th century, it is not surprising that there has long been talk of the last condor. How much talk?
What color is the California condor?
From The Guardian (a British newspaper), here’s a recent headline:
Peru airs news in Quechua, indigenous language of Inca empire, for first time
What does this have to do with the California condor?
I find newspaper headlines appealing. The abbreviations and other “shorthand” in headlines reflect the relationship, the mutual understanding between headline writer and reader. Headlines also bend the rules of good writing. Headlines can include “2” instead of “two” and even begin with digits.
While perusing the Los Angeles Times, I noticed that a number of headlines for articles about the California condor begin with some quantity of birds, a quantity not specified with a word. Many of these articles concern condors being shuttled between the wild and zoos.
Descriptions of the California condor have long included negative comments about their appearance. In this post I offer examples going back to the mid-20th century (in a future post I will go back farther in time).