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Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis

  • © David Cook

The Striated Caracara is a large, dark raptor of islands off extreme southern South America. It occurs on the Falklands and various islands, mostly to the south of the Beagle Channel, but also in small numbers to coastal areas of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. It is very dark brown overall, with white stippling on the breast and upper belly, a dark chestnut lower belly and undertail coverts, a white band on the tail, and a yellow cere. It occurs along rocky coasts and nearby open areas, where it feeds on carrion, primarily dead seabirds and chicks, as well as on arthropods and other items. The nest is built of grass on a cliff or among grass tussocks, sometimes in a loose colony with other nests.

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Adult calls

© Gregory Budney

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Recommended Citation

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