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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Southern or Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus.

Southern or Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) | Beauty of Birds

The Southern Crested Caracara is solitary nester. The pair bond is maintained year-round, and individuals may remain paired for many years.

The species is widespread in the lowlands of Bolivia. Throughout most of its range, it is common to very common. As its relatives, it was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus. Rest of upperparts is brownish to black, with narrow whitish bars. Legs and feet are yellow with strong black talons. A bold, opportunistic raptorthe southern crested caracara is often seen walking around on the ground looking for food.

Retrieved 26 November The Southern Crested Caracara is mainly sedentary in its range, with only some local movements. A caracara soars above Patagonia Park Photo: Distribution Range From the Amazon River south to plancis tip of South America Habitat Open and semi-open country; pastures, palm savannas, river edges and especially ranch land, sometimes in forested and marshy areas.

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It has a total length of cm in and a wing-span of c. Individuals showing intermediate features are caacara from the small area of contact in north-central Brazil, but intergradation between the two species is generally limited.


Views Read Edit View history. The rump, undertail coverts, and tail base are also white, and there are white patches on the primaries that are visible in flight. The caracara is sometimes displayed in fligh shows. Page Birds of prey. The chin, throat, cheek and ear coverts are white or pale brownish-yellow. The immature is browner overall, with whitish streaks or blotches on back and breast. It is typically solitary, but several individuals may gather at a large food source e.

It forages mainly by walking on the ground. Mainly feeds on carcasses of dead animals, but will steal food from other raptors, raid bird nests, and take live prey if the possible arrives mostly insects or other small prey, but at least up to the size palncus a Snowy Egret. It regularly feeds on carrion, including on carcasses of domestic livestock, involving sometimes conflict with farmers.

The breeding season varies according to the range. It is typically solitary, but several individuals may gather at a large food-source e.

A bold, opportunistic raptor, often seen walking around on the ground looking for food. Raptors of the World. In other caracada Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Birds of Northern South America. However, it occasionally catches bird or insect on the wing, but this technique craacara not easy for this species. They build a nest in tallest vegetation or tree-like structure commanding wide view. A Taxonomic study of Crested Caracaras Falconidae. Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography.

The nests are bulky yet woven. Being mobbed by a fork-tailed flycatcher. The bill is pale bluish-grey. To make the most of all of HBW’s features, discover our subscriptions now! It also steals food from other raptors, caracarx and pelicans by harassing them in flight until they regurgitate or leave the prey.


The crown extends back as a short crest. It is dominant over the Black Vulture and the Turkey Vulture at carcasses. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Caracara plancus

As presently defined, the Southern Caracara is restricted to central and southern South America. The global population is suspected to be increasing, due to creation of suitable habitat through deforestation. It uses material from Wikipedia. Year-round Migration Breeding Non-Breeding. Average is two eggs.

Serra da Canastra National Park. 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. Food and feeding Highly opportunistic, with one of the most diverse diets of any species of diurnal raptor.

Status and conservation Not globally threatened Least Concern. They may be re-used for placnus years. The flight is powerful with wingbeats interspersed with glides.

The female lays eggs in September or October in Falkland Is.

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