We're adding one brand new bird species each day until we reach our 500th Birdorable at the end of July! Today's Bonanza bird is the Striated Caracara. The Striated Caracara is remarkable because it has the southern-most breeding population of any bird... Read more »
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. This is due to low population numbers resulting from past persecution by humans.