The striated caracara is native to Argentina, Chile, Isla Grande de Terra del Fuego, Isla de los Estados, Navarino, Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands. In the wild, the striated caracara would be found in lowland areas along rocky coastlines and low coastal mountains.
These skilled carnivores relish a varied diet, consisting of eggs and chicks of seabirds, invertebrates, crustaceans and the carcasses of birds, penguins and fur seals. They also prey on weak domestic livestock, displaying impressive adaptability.
Unconventional among falcons, the striated caracara prefers life on the ground. Equipped with powerful legs, they expertly turn over driftwood and rocks in search of delicious crustaceans, showcasing unique foraging techniques that set them apart.
An exceptional rarity, the striated caracara's dwindling numbers make them one of the world's rarest raptors. With less than 500 breeding pairs remaining on the Falkland Islands, conservation efforts are vital to preserve these magnificent birds for future generations.
Latin name - Phalcoboenus australis
Class - Aves
Order - Falconiformes
Family - Falconidae
IUCN Status - Near Threatened
Habitat - Open lowlands and rocky coastlines
Distribution - Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego
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