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Birds at
Paradise

Striated Cara cara

Despite being a member of the falcon family, they do not behave like most falcons! They spend a lot of time on the ground and have very powerful legs which they use to turn over pieces of driftwood and rocks to find crustaceans. 

They will scavenge from people and have been known to raid rubbish bins and even run into tents to take food items. During the Falklands War, they would wait outside the soldiers tents in order to swoop down and steal their rations.

These birds are very intelligent and have excellent problem solving abilities. They will run into penguin burrows to eat chicks or penguin eggs and are considered a pest during the Rockhopper penguin breeding season. 

DID YOU KNOW? Their beaks are incredibly powerful and they can use them to pull limpets off rocks! 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Feeds mainly on carrion, crustaceans, penguins, small mammals, lizards, sea birds and their eggs.
The female usually lays 1-4 eggs.
0 to 60 cm (16 to 24 inches) long.
Near Threatened
Throughout Argentina right down to Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands.
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