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.