Striated caracara

INTRODUCTION

The Falkland Island Caracara is a large hardy species and has a social lifestyle. Having outstayed their welcome with their parents, the young caracaras flock together and roam around testing, scavenging and catching any available prey.

They are not a welcome sight on farmsteads and are often accused of killing young stock. We have successfully bred Falkland Island Caracaras over a number of years. We have chosen Caracaras as our main bird of prey aviary exhibit as they are colourful, active and easily tamed.

All of our birds are domestically bred. It is against the law to take or tamper with native, wild birds of prey in the UK.

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Phalcoboenus australis

Status:

Not Evaluated

Size:

Up to 1250mm

Weight:

1000g to1200g

Life Span in Wild:

20yrs

Habitat:

Spreading from the sea shore out across open grassland

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Predates seabirds and young penguins as well as scavenging & attacking weak domestic stock.

How Do I Live?

diurnal

Why Am I Endangered?

Persecution due to livestock predation

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