November 11, 2017 – Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
These caracaras are found in open habitats from southern Central America to northern Argentina and Uruguay. They eat carrion, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, other vertebrates, insects, and fruits, often foraging on the ground in small flocks or alone. They sometimes ride on the backs of capybaras or cattle, picking parasites from their fur or capturing prey disturbed by the large animals. Pairs build stick nests high in trees or on the ground if no trees are available.
June 2, 2017 – Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)
These caracaras are found in northern central South America. Omnivores, they eat carrion, frogs, fish, birds, mammals, insects, and sometimes fruits. They also occasionally pick ticks from deer and tapirs. Spending much of their time alone, in pairs, or in small groups, they are often seen on exposed perches. They build their small nests from sticks in the crowns of trees. Their eggs hatch after about a month of incubation.
October 1, 2015 – Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)
Found in the Andes mountains of South America, these caracaras are often seen foraging in groups. They eat rodents, birds, and arthropods, as well as refuse and carrion, usually hunting and searching for food on the ground. Nesting on cliffs or structures, they construct their nests from sticks or other materials and usually lay two eggs.