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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As presently defined, the southern crested caracara is restricted to central and southern South America.

However, it occasionally catches bird or insect on the wing, but this technique is not easy for this species. As its relatives, it was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus. A clutch consists of 2 eggs caracada, sometimes 1 or 3, rarely 4, which are incubated by both parents for days. The Southern Caracara is a distinctive raptor that occurs widely in open areas of central and southern South America. Caracaraa caracara soars above Patagonia Park Photo: They are territorial and aerial fights often occur between males.

Southern or Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus. In Falkland Islands, the nest-site is on rocky outcrops on mountain crags, or on coastal or inland cliff ledge. Page Birds of prey. There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. It also steals food from other raptors, gulls and pelicans by harassing plancue in flight until they regurgitate or leave the prey.

It raids the nests of small bird species and Caracarx colonies.

Caracara plancus – Wikispecies

The Southern Crested Caracara frequents all types of open country, both in lowlands and at mid-elevation. Otherwise, it occurs in virtually any open or semi-open habitat and is often found near humans. Descriptive notes 50—64 cm; — g sexes combined in Chile and Peru, but — g for sample from NW Argentina; wingspan — cm.


As presently defined, the Southern Caracara is restricted to central and southern South America. It formerly included the northern crested caracara C. The female caracaa eggs in September or October in Falkland Is.

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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. Rump and tail are whitish with narrow black bars and broader black terminal pkancus at tail tip. An old nest is often arranged and reused. Voice Similar to that of C.

It avoids the Andean highlands and dense humid forest, such as the Amazon rainforest, where largely restricted to relatively caacara sections along major rivers. It is likely to benefit from the widespread deforestation in tropical South America.

Caracara plancus

Open and semi-open country; pastures, palm savannas, river edges and especially ranch land, sometimes in plncus and marshy areas. Downloaded on 8 December Why do zoos keep this animal The Southern Caracara is not a threatened species. Views Read Edit View history. International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Unknown, but it is not listed as a threatened species, and it seems to be quite common in its range area. Their populations are not considered threatened, and their numbers continue to increase.

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The species is widespread in the lowlands of Bolivia. Juveniles resemble adults, but are paler, with streaking on the chest, neck and back, grey legs, and whitish, later pinkish-purple, facial skin and cere. Cheeks, chin, throat and neck are white or pale buff.


Raptors of the World. It is also present on Falkland Islands where it is resident. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Caracara and an Andean condor peck at a carcass Photo: The species is resident on the Falklands.

The mates may soar together. The chin, throat, cheek and ear coverts are white or pale brownish-yellow. The cap, belly, thights, most of the wings and tail-tip are dark brownish, the auriculars feathers covering the earsthroat and nape back of the neck are whitish-buff, and the chest, neck, mantle, back, uppertail-coverts, crissum and basal part of the tail are whitish-buff barred dark brownish.

On the underwing, the coverts are blackish, whereas the flight feathers are barred black-and-white, with white patch on primaries. Untrained birds travel better in completely dark boxes, with a carpeted floor and roof, with an upwards sliding door at one end and no perch.

Distribution Range From the Amazon River south to the tip of South America Habitat Open and semi-open country; pastures, palm savannas, river plwncus and especially ranch land, sometimes in forested and marshy areas.

It is dominant over the Black Vulture and the Turkey Vulture at carcasses. The bare parts are duller with pinkish face. Photo Copyright by Dario Sanches. Your email address will not be published.