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Mountain Caracara

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Photo by StanleyJonesReserva Nacional Junín, Junin, Peru, August 2017
Photo by StanleyJones
Reserva Nacional Junín, Junin, Peru, August 2017
Phalcoboenus megalopterus


[edit] Identification

48–55 cm (19-21¾ in)

  • Glossy black upperparts and chest
  • White belly

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo by Stanley JonesReserva Nacional Junín, Ondores, Junín, Peru, August 2017
Photo by Stanley Jones
Reserva Nacional Junín, Ondores, Junín, Peru, August 2017

Both this species and Carunculated Caracara has previously been considered subspecies of White-throated Caracara

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open, mountain grasslands. Generally observed at heights around 2000–5000 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest on cliffs.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of small rodents, birds, large arthropods, carrion and rubbish.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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