Striated Caracara

This striking bird is known for being a bit of a character. 

What do they look like?
As well as brains, this bird has beauty. The bright yellow colouring around its eyes, and at the base of its beak, provides a striking contrast with its dark streaked plumage and bluish bill. You can spot the age of a bird by its colouring. Young birds are browner than the adults and lack their distinctive white streaking and tail band.

When the scientist Charles Darwin first met one on a trip to the Falkland Islands in 1833, he commented on the bird’s tameness and inquisitive nature. He also noted its novel feeding habits. The Striated Caracara will eat almost anything given the opportunity, and has even been know to raid dustbins and move rocks to forage for insects beneath. 

Where are they found?
Typically found along the rocky coasts, isolated shores and islets off southern Argentina and Chile, including the south and east coasts of Isla Grande on Tierra del Fuego, Isla de los Estados, Navarino, Cape Horn, and the Falkland Islands.

Scientific name
Phalcoboenus australis
Family
Falconidae
Order
Falconiformes
Lifespan
25 years
Fast facts
Also known as the ‘Johnny rook’ in the Falkland Islands
They are very clever and curious birds
They show little fear of humans
Conservation status
Near threatened