S Chile, N Argentina, Peru.
Carnivore. Insects, worms, frogs, salamander, occasionally rodents.
Habitat: Grasslands, cultivated areas, marshes, along lakes or rivers, open forests.
Incubation: 28 days / 2-3 eggs
Social structure: pairs, small flocks of 3-12 birds or larger groups in winter.
Weight: 1400g max
Lifespan: 34,5 max under human care
Estimated population in the wild: 25,000-100,000
Threats: There are no major threats to this species.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:
- They owe their name to a conspicuous patch of bare black skin around their eye and throat.
- Their nest is a large pile of sticks or reeds situated on a cliff, on the ground, amongst reeds, or in a tree.