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37â€“43 cm (14Â½-17 in)
Male: bright yellow legs; Female: gray legs and toes
Northern race is darker than those found in the south.
It can be identified in flight by its pale rump and the distinctive pale "windows" on the wings.
South America: breeds from Paraguay, Uruguay and the far south of Brazil south to Tierra del Fuego. Southernmost breeders are migratory and move north to about 250S in the southern winter. Recorded as a vagrant in the Falkland Islands. It is the commonest raptor in its area.
It is particularly widespread in Chile, where has become a kind of urban raptor, can be found all over the country.
Two subspecies are recognised:
An additional subspecies fuegensis in Tierra del Fuego is not generally recognised.
Open country, most common on the pampas of southern Argentina. Sometimes follows ploughs on cultivated land.
Usually seen by the side of the roads eating carrion, but it also feeds a wide variety of small wild prey including frogs.
Call is a loud "ieeeee".
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