Southern caracara - feeding
The southern caracara´s bill is robust and has sharp cutting edges. An orange or yellow soft skin covers practically half bill including the nares. The upper mandible of the bill (rhinotec) is longer than the lower one (gnathotec) and it strongly curves down giving the bill a hook-like appearance. It is adapted to kill a live prey by biting the neck. If the prey is dead, the caracara holds it with its talons to hook the point of the bill into the flesh. Then it pulls it out and tears it apart.
The talons are neither so strong nor so curved as in falcons'.
It is basically a carrion feeder. It is common to see the southern caracara flying over terrestrial and aquatic environments or walking on the ground in search for carrion. Right time, too, to peck for insect larvae, reptiles and worms, which complete its diet
Eating a rock pigeon
The caracara was walking very unconcernedly. All of a sudden he stopped and leapt ot one side to catch a prey, or it was there beforehand. I do not know. It seemed to be a pigeon. Feathers kept flying ceaselessly
A southern caracara gets hold of a yellow-billed corpse which was lying at the Coypu Pond. It takes the body to a safer place, where it is followed by another southern caracara, which pretends to be invited to the feast.
Eating a coypu