- Andean Condors rely heavily on their sight and a high capacity for associative learning to find their food source
- Andean Condors share their scavenging areas with three other members of the family of New World (American) vultures; the turkey vulture, the king vulture, and the black vulture.
- Similar to the feeding habits of other animals, the Andean Condor appears to follow a linear hierarchy at the feeding site according to age and sex; the oldest being the most dominant and all males except the very young feeding before the females.
- Condors are able to travel 200 miles a day at great heights while foraging for food, which makes them nearly impossible to visually track for any assessment of numbers or migration.
- Rather than killing prey for themselves, Andean Condors are predominantly scavengers, preferring to feed upon the remains of dead.
- Fighting for food with other scavenging birds is dangerous and likely to lead to injury for a bird with such delicate feathers as the Andean Condor. Instead of physical confrontation, the Condors have evolved ritual displays which allow them to recognize the more dominant individuals, resolving conflicts quickly. Aggression is a rare characteristic for the Andean Condor.
- The absence of head plumage is an adaption necessitated by feeding on carrion. This allows the birds to poke their heads into the animal carcass without becoming overly soiled. The soiled head is easily cleaned as there are no feathers for the food to stick to.