Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis

Striated Caracara
Striated Caracara
The Striated Caracara, also called Johnny Rook is native mainly to the Falkland Islands, but also present on some other southern islands including Tierra del Fuego. It is mainly a scavenger of carrion but will attack weakened sea-birds, their nestlings and sometimes new born lambs.
Striated Caracara juvenile
Striated Caracara young
Striated Caracara juvenile
The adult male and female have similar plumage: a very dark brown body with light flecks on neck and chest, reddish-brown thighs and orange lores, legs and feet.
Johnny Rook
Johnny Rook
Juveniles are reddish brown and downy in their first year but then a shaggy dark brown/black with grey legs/feet until they acquire adult plumage at about five years.
Striated Caracara juvenile
Striated Caracara young Juveniles
Striated Caracara juvenile
Striated Caracara
Striated Caracara checking burrows
Striated Caracara
Striated Caracara in flight
Striated Caracara checking burrows Checking burrows for nestlings
Striated Caracara