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Striated Caracara

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About the Striated Caracara

Also known as: Johnny Rook, Forest's Caracara, Forster's Caracara

The Striated Caracara is a medium-sized bird of prey related to falcons. They are found in Tierra del Fuego and in the Falkland Islands, where they are most abundant. In the Falklands, they are known as Johnny Rooks.

Though a type of falcon, Striated Caracaras behave more like vultures; they feed by scavenging on carrion or refuse.

Though the current population trend is stable, the Striated Caracara has a conservation status of Near Threatened as of June 2013. This is due to low population numbers resulting from past persecution by humans.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 July 2013
Scientific Name Phalcoboenus australis
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Phalcoboenus
  • P. australis
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
21 to 24 inches
45 to 49 inches
42 to 81 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Striated Caracara is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Near Threatened because it has a moderately small population.

International Names

  • 红腿巨隼 (Chinese)
  • čimango falklandský (Czech)
  • Falklandcaracara (Danish)
  • Falklandcaracara (Dutch)
  • rantakarakara (Finnish)
  • Caracara austral (French)
  • Falklandkarakara (German)
  • Caracara di Forster (Italian)
  • ホアクランドカラカラ [fo-kurandokarakara] (Japanese)
  • Brungumpkarakara (Norwegian)
  • karakara falklandzka (Polish)
  • Южная горная каракара (Russian)
  • Caracara Austral (Spanish)
  • Strimmig caracara (Swedish)

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