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Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus


The Mountain Caracara is a striking black-and-white raptor of the high Andes. It is largely black, with a white belly and white tail tip. The underwing coverts are also white and give this bird a distinctive pattern in flight. It occurs in open habitats at high elevations, particularly puna, where it feeds on the ground, often in groups. It feeds on a large variety of items, including rodents, birds, arthropods, refuse, and carrion. It nests on cliffs or man-made structures, incorporating whatever materials are available into nest construction.

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Adult calls

© Daniel Cáceres (MUSA)

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: