Ximango or Caracara-Chimango

The Ximango (Milvago chimango), from the Guarani language xim’xima, is also known as Caracara-Chimango, Tiuque or Chiuque. The Ximango is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. A typical Ximango is 37 to 40 cm long. It is found in South Brazil, in the Pampas. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, temperate grassland, and heavily degraded former forest. This bird is typically found at edges of water, in hills, in fields, the latter especially if they are newly ploughed. It eats mostly carrion, with some rotten fruit, lizards, insects, birds and mammals.