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ASTUDILLO, Pedro X et al. La distribución potencial del Cóndor Andino (Vultur Gryphus) revela sitios prioritarios para la conservación en los Andes sur de Ecuador. Hornero [online]. 2016, vol.31, n.2, pp.85-95. ISSN 0073-3407.

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) is in decline, while in Ecuador most of the monitoring efforts have been concentrated in the northern portion of the country. In this work a model of potential distribution of the Andean Condor was generated for the southern Andes of Ecuador. Both elevation and climatic seasonality were important variables in the model. Localities at the highest elevations are the most suitable sites for the species, although mid-elevation zones (approximately 2000 masl) with climatic seasonality are also areas to consider. Based on the results obtained, conservation activities should be concentrated in localities near Nabón, Girón and Saraguro, which have not been previously evaluated in detail.

Keywords : Andean Condor; Ecuador; Elevation; Distribution model; Climatic seasonality; Paramo; Vultur gryphus.

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