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Medium sized but fierce, the bold caracara birds of Patagonia Park are opportunistic and also kleptoparasitic, stealing prey from other birds like Andean condors or Black-chested buzzard eagles.

Sized between 40 and 60cm 16 to 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. 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.

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. As you might imagine, caracara parents are extremely territorial, like most birds of prey, and have strong site fidelity. Pairs of caracara are known to maintain partnerships for many years, and take turns feeding their chicks until they fledge at eight or nine weeks.

Their populations are not considered threatened, and their numbers continue to increase. Common in Patagonia Park, visitors can frequently sight tame pairs that live near administration. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of new posts by email. Joaquin Cordua.

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Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus)

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Southern crested caracara

Your login: Password:. Enter your login name or your email address and click on Send reminder to receive a reminder by email. The classification of this species and name have evolved. It was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus. The use of the name formerly extended to two subspecies: the Northern Caracara C. As the name is presently defined, the range of the Southern Caracara is restricted to central and southern South America. Source: Wikipedia.


Southern Caracara

As presently defined, the southern crested caracara is restricted to central and southern South America. It formerly included the northern crested caracara C. Similarly to its relatives, it was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus. Weight is 0. In fact, they are the second largest species of falcon in the world by mean body mass, second only to the gyrfalcon. In flight, the outer primaries show a large conspicuous whitish-buff patch 'window' , as in several other species of caracaras.

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