Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)The Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus) is a bird of prey found in the following South American countries:

Northern Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Southern Ecuador, and Peru.

It inhabits subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and heavily degraded former forests.



The Mountain Caracara looks like the closely related Carunculated Caracara and White-throated Caracara, but can be identified by its uniformly black chest.

Juveniles are overall brown with dull pinkish-grey facial skin.


Diet / Feeding

This bird of prey is bird commonly seen wandering around on the ground, feeding on both carrion (i.e., dead flesh / animals) or any small animal it can catch.

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus) Mountain Caracaras

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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