FAL162 Feathers £0.32 Caracara Stamp
32p Striated Caracara – Phalcoboenus australis
This bird of prey has its stronghold in the Falkland Islands, but is considered to be one of the rarest in world terms. A member of the Falconidae family, the Striated caracara actually gets its name from the feathers that are shown on this stamp – the small, white feathers create beautiful stripes or striations from the nape downwards. As the bird matures, the underlying feathers progress from brown to black and the white feathers extend further down the chest and back of the bird’s nape. The plumage of these caracaras allows approximate ageing of an individual.