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Avañe’ẽ: Karakara azərbaycanca: Adi qarqar brezhoneg: Karakara-kuch ar c’ hreisteiz čeština: Karančo jižní dansk: Stribet gribbefalk. Deutsch. Scientific Name: Caracara plancus (Miller, ). Common Name(s). English, –, Southern Caracara, Southern Crested Caracara. Southern Caracara cm; g (sexes combined) in Chile and Peru, but g for sample from NW Argentina#R; wingspan cm.

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Feeds on a wide array of carrion e. The Southern Crested Caracara is mainly sedentary in its range, with only some local movements. Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Common in Patagonia Park, visitors can frequently sight tame pairs that live near administration. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge at an age of weeks.

Southern Caracara

It is dominant over the black and turkey vulture at carcasses. Status and conservation Not globally threatened Least Concern.

It may sometimes hunt in small groups of individuals. Sized between 40 and 60cm 16 llancus 24 inches long, these birds can be identified by the reddish orange naked skin on their cheeks and throat, white brown neck, speckled chest, and long legs and talons.

Southern or Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) | Beauty of Birds

It also soars while circling in the air. Your email address will not be published. The bill is pale bluish-grey. They are suspected of attacking and killing newborn lambs and goats, for which they have suffered heavy persecution; but here is little evidence to suggest that killing actually occurs.

The large nest is constructed of sticks and positioned high on a tree or cactus or on the ground. References BirdLife International Legs and feet are greyish.


Largely sedentary, this species may disperse or wander periodically. The female lays eggs in September or October caracarw Falkland Is. Fr En Es Members’ Area. Page Birds of prey. As you might imagine, caracara parents are extremely territorial, like most birds of prey, and have strong site fidelity.

The southern crested caracara occurs from Tierra del Fuego in southernmost South America north to the Amazon River region and southern Peru. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. It is typically solitary, but several individuals may gather at a large food-source e. In Falkland Islands, the nest-site is on rocky outcrops on mountain crags, or on coastal or inland cliff ledge. On the underwing, the coverts are blackish, whereas the flight feathers are barred black-and-white, with white patch on primaries.

No data on global population size, but considered fairly common to locally abundant in much of range, and is especially The Southern Crested Caracara is solitary nester. The incubation lasts days.

Southern crested caracara – Wikipedia

Large caracara very similar It inhabits agricultural land, grasslands, marshes, and open forest primarily in lowlands from eastern Brazil and extreme southern Peru south to Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands.

Opportunistic in their diet, caracaras are known to both forage for insects on foot like a chicken or behave like their vulture competitors, perching on fence posts and trees, or soaring low over open areas, eyes pealed for small birds, reptiles, amphibians, or leftover carcasses provided by pumas or foxes.

Individuals from the colder southern part of its range average larger than those from tropical regions. Birds of Falkland Islands. Open and semi-open country; pastures, palm savannas, river edges and especially ranch land, sometimes in forested and marshy areas. Carracara and undertail-coverts are creamy-white with indistinct pale grey bars. Birds of Northern South America.


A bold, opportunistic raptorthe southern crested caracara is often acracara walking around on the ground looking for food.

From Wikipedia, the caarcara encyclopedia. Never ones to let anything go to waste, the caracara nests are used several years in a row, and are a bulky complication of sticks and fur which sit atop trees or cliff ledges.

It is also present on Falkland Islands where it is resident. It is typically solitary, but several individuals may gather at a large food source e. The adult has black crown and crest. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive.

Please contact them directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. It occurs in pastures, river edges, forested and marshy areas.

The lower back is brownish with white bars. Gives variety of rattles, cackles and squawks. Caracaras feed on insects; small and occasionally large vertebrates, including fish, reptiles, llancus, birds, and mammals; eggs; and carrion of all types. It avoids the Andean highlands and dense humid forest, such as the Amazon rainforest, where largely restricted to relatively open sections along major rivers.

But it is able to kill preys as large as lambs.

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The Southern Crested Caracara is common throughout the range, and mainly in the southern part. A caracara soars above Patagonia Park Photo: A bold, opportunistic raptor, often seen caraxara around on the ground looking for food.

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