|Time zone: 5 million years|
2.5 metres high
Caracara, a South American Falcon
The Carakiller is the evolution of the Caracara, a bird that spends a lot of its time walking. The Future is Wild speculated that it grew larger and taller, lost flight, and claws began to grow on its wings. It stands three meters tall and hunts in packs.
In the absence of established ground predators this descendent of a caracara has evolved into a large velociraptor-like bird. About eight feet tall, with a large, hooked beak and razor-sharp claws they are fearsome predators. They have long legs and are well adapted to short bursts of speed.
S - Caracaraoccisor caracara
G - Caracaraoccisor
F - Falconidae
O - Falconiformes
C - Aves
P - Chordata
K - Animalia
The carakiller hunts in roving packs of six or seven. They hunt prey by chasing them while another carakiller goes around in front of the prey. They nest in a single spot protected by the Carakillers of it's pack. They feed off the fire's edge running down anything that escapes the flames (Mainly Babookari).
Carakiller a large stocky phorusrachid-like birds with a crown off plumage resembling a saddle cock. They have red and bits of black feathers with creamy white skin. The wings are still muscular and aerodynamic. They act as stabilizers when the birds run at speed, helping then to turn corners quickly. They are covered with insulating feathers – shaggy on the back and legs and fine on the chest. The head and neck are bare – like a vulture’s – feathers would get sticky when eating prey.
Carakillers are the velociraptors of the future, hunting in packs across the Amazon Grassland and signalling with their colourful plumes. They hunt baboon-like babookari.
Hunters signal with their long neck feathers – raising and lowering them. Each wing has a large, large sickle-shaped claw.
They run down and kill babookari – sharing the victim.
When fire races across the grasslands, the carakillers run ahead of it, snapping up small fleeing animals. They also pick over charred corpses.
Nothing is known, but the caracara breeds as follows:
Crested Caracaras build a massive stick nest in a palm, cactus, tree, or on the ground. The female usually lays 2 - 3 eggs that are incubated for 28 - 32 days. The young caracaras have a drawn out fledging period, taking up to 3 months before they are flying as independent birds.
- Subo, Zodek, Zaba, Zork, and Zobo.