French: Caracara chimango German: Chimangokarakara Spanish: Caracara chimango
Other common names:
Paraguay and Río de la Plata
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. chimango
(Vieillot, 1816) – N & C Chile and N & C Argentina through Paraguay to Uruguay and adjacent Brazil (SE São Paulo).
P. c. temucoensis
(W. L. Sclater, 1918) – S Chile (from near Concepción) and S Argentina (from R Chubut) S to Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn; in winter to C Paraguay and adjacent Brazil.
32–43 cm; male 289 g, female 300 g, unsexed 170–260 g; wingspan 80–99 cm. All-brownish small caracara, with dark streaks on sides of head and hindneck;... read more
Loud squealing “keeeeee-eh” usually uttered singly, but which may become even more... read more
All kinds of open country; found equally in grassy foothills of Andes, heathland, shrub steppe,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on carrion (dead fish, small-sized roadkills, dead lambs, but also larger carcasses after other predators have left) and also live... read more
In Argentina, lays Sept–Dec (austral spring), with peak in Oct, and most clutches initiated in same month in S Chile; fledged young... read more
S populations appear at least partially migratory, moving N at least as far as Tucumán, in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Currently thriving, perhaps benfitting in part from deforestation, and is commonest raptor through much of Chile and... read more
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