Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus )

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Peruvian Andes

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Peruvian Andes

Age: Juveniles | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Peruvian Andes

Age: Juvenile and Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Peruvian Andes

Identification & Behavior: ~57.5 cm (22.6 in). The Mountain Caracara is black with clean white lower belly and rest of the underparts. The cere and face in the adult are bright red. The tail is black with a broad white terminal band. The juvenile is a rich brown with pale cere and face. The juvenile may resemble some color morphs of the Variable Hawk but is smaller, uniformly brown, and more slender.

Status: The Mountain Caracara is common in the high Andes where it is often seen flying or foraging on the ground. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Caracara Cordillerano.

Sub-species: Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus), Meyen 1834.

Meaning of Name: Phalcoboenus: Gr. phalkon= falco and baino= to walk, one that walks. megalopterus: Gr. melagos= great, large and pteros: wing, winged.

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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.