Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

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

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

crested_caracara
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

crested_caracara
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

crested_caracara
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru


Identification & Behavior: ~49.5 cm (19.4 in). The Crested Caracara is mostly black with white neck and breast that grades to dusky barring. It has a black cap with a bushy crest and pale barred tail with a black terminal band. The cere and entire face is bright orange. The juvenile is a browner dull version of the adult. The plumage pattern is unmistakable however, see Harris’s Hawk. It does not overlap with the very similar Southern Caracara. It favors open habitats.

Status: The Crested Caracara is fairly common on the lowlands of northwest Peru and portions of the Marañon Valley. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Caracara Crestado.

Sub-species: Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway), Jacquin 1784.

Meaning of Name: Caracara: Tupi (Brazil) Caracara= indigenous onomatopoeia for the sound emitted by this bird in the Falcons family. cheriway: Venezuelan indigenous name for the Caracara.

See more of the Family Falconidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.