Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mountain Caracara

While Crested Caracaras are the only caracaras found in the United States, other species inhabit South America. Mountain Caracaras are found in the Andes from southern Ecuador to central Chile. I took this photo high in the Peruvian Andes.

Although these large, atypical falcons are strong fliers, they feed on the ground, scratching and stomping to disturb arthropods, rodents or birds. They also feed, often with vultures, upon carrion and human garbage. They build unsubstantial nests on cliffs, while others build larger nests on electric towers (Handbook of Birds of the World—Alive).

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