"Chile" joined the centre for 2009. She was bred in 2005 and has been used as a flying bird at the centre, but is now housed in an aviary with a male "Goose" that also used to fly at the centre. He hatched in 2008 and reached maturity in 2012. Goose and Chile were paired together in March 2012.

As Caracaras are naturally very intelligent birds we show how they would search for food in the wild: underneath rocks, down burrows and taking food from dustbins. If we breed from this pair, will keep at least one youngster to fly at the centre.

In the wild

Species is also known as Forster's Caracara and Johnny Rook (Falkland Islands)

Origin: The Falkland Islands and very southern islands of South America (Tierra del Fuego around Cape Horn).

Diet: Mostly a scavenger, but nests near seabird colonies, particularly Rockhopper Penguins in Falklands. Also many invertebrates (terrestrial and marine) taken and foraged by scratching, digging and moving rocks. Single Caracaras, or groups of up to five or more, will also attack and sometimes kill apparently healthy full-grown birds such as Blue-eyed Cormorant, Upland Geese and Crested Duck. Also known to catch Petrels at night.

Habitat: Rocky coasts, adjacent tussock-grass lowlands and coastal mountain slopes, extending locally into forested areas.

SPECIES FACTFILE

LENGTH: 55-60cm

WINGSPAN: 116-125cm

WEIGHT: 1.2-2.3kg

EGGS IN CLUTCH: 2-4

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