Stock Photo: The Striated Caracara, Phalcoboenus australis is a bird of prey of the Falconidae family In the Falkland Islands it is known as Johnny Rook It breeds in several.

Stock Photo - The Striated Caracara, Phalcoboenus australis is a bird of prey of the Falconidae family In the Falkland Islands it is known as Johnny Rook It breeds in several islands in Tierra del fuego, but is more abundant in the Falklands where the population is estimated at 500 breeding pairs The Striated Caracara is primarily a scavenger, feeding on carrion, offal and small invertebrates that it digs up with its claws However it will also prey on weak or injured creatures, such as young seabirds Its habit of attacking newborn lambs and weakened sheep has led it to be ruthlessly persecuted by sheep farmers Over time, conflict with the sheep farmers has led to a great reduction in their numbers This is now being corrected by the Falkland Islanders Though it was once considered common in the Falklands archipelago, it now only nests in the outlying islands where it breeds around penguin and albatross colonies

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