“Critic at Large” was the title of a regular column in the New York Times by Brooks Atkinson. Atkinson devoted some of these columns to the California condor. He also wrote about condors in magazines and books. Here is an appreciative look.
Continuing my consideration of how California condors are described with words, here’s another post concerned with their size.
Among the reasons why California condors attract the interest of humans is the birds’ exceptional size. But don’t take my word for it. For this post I searched my bibliography for items with titles that refer to the California condor as big or large.
Together, these articles and books tell their own version of the story of condors and humans.
To my surprise, some articles published in the first half of the 20th century treat the California condor as a “game bird”. To me, that is a term applied to animals that are hunted for sport, food, or fur. What’s going on?
Is the California condor a monster?