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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

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[edit] Identification

48–55 cm (19-21¾ in)

  • Glossy black upperparts and chest
  • White belly

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto by jmorlanValle del Yeso, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile, February 2018
Juvenile
Photo by jmorlan
Valle del Yeso, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile, February 2018

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

[edit] Taxonomy

Both this species and Carunculated Caracara have 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

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

[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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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