Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)

Order: Falconiformes Family: Falconidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~42 cm (16.5 in). The adult Black Caracara is all black with a white rump and a mostly bare bright orange head. The legs are yellow-orange. The juvenile is also black with whitish scaling on the underparts and dull yellowish bare head. The black plumage with white rump resembles that of the Snail Kite. Also, see other black raptors such as the Great Black Hawk and Slate-colored Hawk.

Status: The Black Caracara is uncommon to fairly common and widespread in Amazonia where it appears to favor the margins of rivers. It ranges up to 750 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Caracara Negro.

Sub-species: Black Caracara (Daptrius ater), Vieillot 1816

Meaning of Name: Daptrius: Gr. daptës= eater, leech. ater: L. black.

See more of the Family Falconidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.