Buzzard eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)
It is the largest hunting bird of prey in Chile. It is characterized by having a dark gray plumage that covers the head, chest and back, which turns white towards the abdomen and legs.
Photo: Alfredo Rivera @alfredorivera.p
It has strong claws and a beak, which are used to hunt mainly small rodents, rabbits and hares. Although it is an excellent hunter, it is common to observe it also consuming carrion that has been left by other animals.
Photos: Pía Vergara @piavergarafotografia
The eagle is an abundant and solitary species, present in much of South America: in Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and throughout all of Chile, from Arica to Tierra del Fuego, inhabiting open lands, bushy sectors, steppes and mountains at altitudes that can reach 3,500 meters above sea level.
Text: Nicolás Lagos @nicolagos_s