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The chimango caracara of the family Falconidae are also called Tiuque. Chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) is a bird of prey and is mainly active during the day. They are commonly found among raptors in and around the high-altitude Austral forest. The yellow-headed caracara and chimango caracara are former members of the Ibycter. Many other caracara species of bird were a part of this genus. It was in 1922 that they were put into the Milvago genus by the ornithologist Harry Kirke Swann. Although few authorities validated this genu again, further study is required about the relationships of caracaras. The north chimango caracaras are darker than south chimango caracaras. They hunt and eat a variety of small animals and eat anything they can find. They feed on road-killed animals such as snakes, guinea pigs, and amphibians. This Milvago bird species is highly intelligent and has better problem-solving abilities than other species of birds. They can catch a living fish from the water's surface. These are relatively small raptors that have low visual acuity.
The Milvago chimango is a small species of the neotropical caracara and this bird species occupies a large range of habitats. The chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) is of the genus Milvago and family Falconidae. They are very intelligent and innovative birds, and they can catch live fish from the water's surface. Chimango caracaras are known to be birds of prey. There are two recognized subspecies of chimango caracara which are M. c. chimango found in the south of Paraguay, Brazil, central Chile, and Argentine. The other subspecies is M. c. temucoensis which is found in southern Chile, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn Archipelago.
The Milvago chimango belongs to the Aves class of animals.
The population of chimango caracara and their subspecies increases where there are heavily degraded former forest areas.
The Milvago chimango is a species of bird that occupies tropical regions in the south of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. They are also found in far southern parts like Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands. Also, chimango caracaras can be found from Magallanes to Atacama.
The Milvago chimango commonly inhabits suburban and urban regions. The natural habitat of this species of bird is heavily degraded former forest, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, temperate grasslands, and tropical or subtropical high-altitude shrubland. The habitat of a chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) also includes forested and open areas across its range and they can also be found near human settlements. The Milvago chimango is common species of bird that can be found in the Pampas region of southern Argentina and they follow plows on cultivated land.
The chimango caracara of the Falconidae family lives in pairs. A caracara male and female maintain a huge territory with nests until one of them dies.
The Milvago chimango lifespan is around 26 years.
During the non-breeding seasons, caracara birds migrate to the northern parts of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. Chimango caracara (milvago) birds return to Cuyan, Patagonian, and Fuegian in the breeding season. Other species breeding in the center of Argentina move northwards to Brazil. The wide range of habitats includes tropical and subtropical shrubland, temperate grasslands, and open areas. Both females and males build nests and create a territory at 16-49 ft (5-15 m) high in a tree. The nests are cup-shaped and made out of sticks, wool, rags, and horsehair.
Females lay two to five creamy-white eggs. Both male and female Milvago chimangoes take part in the incubation, hatching, feeding, and guarding process. The incubation period differs depending on the location. For example, few records show incubation lasts between 26 to 27 and 32 to 34 days in Argentina. While in Chile, the incubation period lasts for 32 to 42 days. The data on the incubation periods in Uruguay, Brazil, and other subtropical regions is not known.
The chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List of Species. In Chile, this species has low priority status, in Argentina, they are at low risk, and in Uruguay, they are given a status of ‘Least Concern’. Forest clearing is beneficial for the bird species as they prefer open areas and can endure human activities. In Brazil, they are not injured by ranchers for hunting lambs. Milvago chimangoes are increasing in number in Paraguay.
The chimango caracara milvago raptor has an acrobatic flight. This species has a back-edged feather that is cinnamon brown and white. These birds have a light brown-colored abdomen, neck, chest, and belly. Their tail is dark brown with light brown feathers. Their head is dark brown and their eyes are brown. They have dark brown stripes on their wings with a white basal half. Male birds have yellow legs and females have light gray legs.
Many people think that they are not cute.
They communicate by screeching. Sometimes these birds of the Falconidae family communicate using their body language and behavioral display.
The Milvago chimango is a species that is 13.3-15.7 in (34-40 cm) long. The height of this raptor is unknown.
Chimango caracaras are fast-flying birds, however, the exact speed is unknown.
The chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) weighs around 0.5-0.6 lb (0.25-0.3 kg).
There are no specific names given to females or males.
A baby chimango caracara(Milvago chimango) has no particular name.
The chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) diet includes road-killed animals. They eat whatever they can and their diet consists of birds, eggs, rodents, rabbits, and rats. They are sometimes seen feeding on carrion along the roadside. They also eat insects that they catch mid-air.
No, chimango caracaras are not dangerous. However, they screech when they feel threatened.
No. These tropical and subtropical chimango caracaras (Milvago chimango) birds do not make good pets as they prefer to live in the wild and they feed on road-kill.
Usually, chimango caracaras are considered migratory birds. They are very territorial and they only move if the environment changes. They often migrate to a wide range of places around the world such as Chile, southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.
Caracaras are more closely related to birds than vultures.
Chimango caracaras do not feed on livestock. They prefer to eat feed on road-kill or already dead animals.
The word 'caracara' is a South American Indian name that refers to a 'bird's call'.
'Raptor' is a derivation of the Latin word 'rapere', meaning 'to carry away', 'to grab,' or 'to size'.
A chimango caracara bird (Milvago chimango) is mostly eaten by hawks, vultures, and eagles. They can also be eaten by reptiles and serpents when they are baby birds. Weasels and bobcats are also known to eat these birds.
Yes, the chimango caracara raptor is a bird of prey and they primarily hunt vertebrates. The chimango caracara (Milvago chimango) raptor has good eyesight that helps it to see long distances when it is in flight. Their beaks and talons are robust and they are also fast and agile. This bird species is also commonly known as a fish eagle.
You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our crested caracara coloring pages.
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