A male California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is seen perched on a large branch with its neck stooped forward. This bird is listed as Californian vulture (Cathartes californianus, Lath.) by the author, whose description begins as follows:
Of the three species of Vulture which inhabit the southern parts of North America, this is so much superior in size to the rest that it bears to them the same proportion as a Golden Eagle to a Goshawk. It inhabits the valleys and plains of the western slope of the continent, and has not been observed to the eastward of the Rocky Mountains.