Striated Caracara | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Striated Caracara

Phalcoboenus australis


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

A bird of prey, the Striated Caracara can be found on the Falkland Islands. Most comfortable settled along rugged cliffs and rocky ledges, the Striated Caracara is a scavenger, feeding largely off dead seabirds and sheep. Resourceful, super smart and an expert flier, this bird can achieve speeds of up to 60 kph.

Native Range →

Argentina, Chile and Falkland Islands

Natural Habitat  →

Open lowlands, low coastal mountains and rocky coasts

Diet  →

Scavenger, dead seabirds and chicks, insects, eggs and lambs

Life Expectancy  →

Unknown in the wild. Up to 30 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-4 eggs from a 1 month incubation period

Group Name  →

Flock

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, persecution

Fun fact

Striated Caracaras are quite curious and show little fear of humans. Charles Darwin first found that he could catch them with just a hand-net

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