5 Interesting Facts About Southern Caracaras

Southern Caracaras

Here is a southern caracara scouting the area

Today I want to write about a cool bird of prey that has a beautiful beak, the southern caracara.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful birds grow up to 65 cm long and have a wingspan of up to 1.3 metres across.
  2. Even though they are effective predators, southern caracaras more often eat carrion and roadkill.  They will push vultures out of the way to eat from a dead animal.
  3. They can often be found walking around, using their powerful talons to catch their prey on the ground.  They are very clever and will follow tractors to catch the insects that are disturbed by them.  They also gather at the edges of fires to catch prey that may be forced into the open by the flames.
  4. At breeding time they lay 2 eggs in a large nest made out of sticks at the top of a large tree or cliff.  They often line their nests with wool or animal hair to make it softer and warmer for the eggs and chicks.  Both parents help to feed the chicks.
  5. The southern caracara is found throughout central and southern South America in open grassland.  They are one of the few animals that have benefited from the cutting down of forests, as they prefer more open areas.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about southern caracaras?

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