Chimango Caracara

Information about the Bird Chimango Caracara

The chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is found in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The chimango is found as far south as Tierra del Fuego and is a vagrant to the Falkland Islands.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, high-altitude shrubland, temperate grassland, Patagonian steppe, and heavily degraded former forest. This bird is typically found at edges of water and near towns and fields, the latter especially if they are newly ploughed. It is the most common raptor in the Argentinean Patagonia.
Length: 37 to 40cm. A typical chimango has a mantle and back edged with cinnamon brown feathers and white. Neck, chest, abdomen and belly light brown. Head dark brown. It is the smallest variety of caracara. Wings have a dark brown stripe with white in the basal half of the primaries. The tail is light brown with a dark brown terminal band. Eyes are brown. Legs are light gray in the male and yellowish in the female.
The chimango is an intelligent bird and has high problem solving abilities compared to other birds. It eats insects, small vertebrates and carrion. The chimango is also known to catch living fish from the surface of the water.

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