What color is the California condor?
From The Guardian (a British newspaper), here’s a recent headline:
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).
The illustrations of the California condor below are all from magazines that are not specifically about animals.
Updated 6 August 2016
How much does a California condor cost? What is the value of the California condor? What is the California condor worth?
These questions have been considered and answered repeatedly for over a century. In this post I offer some examples.
Some have been inspired to play with the name “condor”. Here, in no particular order, are several examples.