French: Caracara caronculé German: Streifenkarakara Spanish: Caracara carunculado
Andes from SW Colombia to S Ecuador.
50–56 cm; wingspan 112–119 cm. Mostly glossy black, but boldly patterned with white streaks on breast; underwing, lower belly, undertail coverts and tip of tail... read more
Usually silent. During interactions, utters grating and squealing barks; also may give long series... read more
Treeless areas of upper temperate zone, at 3000–4000 m; in páramo or grassy... read more
Food and feeding
Highly opportunistic. Diet includes worms, maggots, snails, fish, small rodents, birds, lizards, vegetable matter; said to take almost... read more
Eggs laid in Sept and Oct, young fledge in Jan, but one well-developed nestling collected in late May. Stick nest built on cliffs; nest... read more
Presumably sedentary. Outside breeding season, may gather in flocks of 100+ birds.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to locally common, with global population estimate of fewer than 10,000 individuals. In Colombia, commonest in... read more
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