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Red-throated Caracara

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Photo by NJLarsenEl Salto Road, Darien, Panama, January 2018
Photo by NJLarsen
El Salto Road, Darien, Panama, January 2018
Ibycter americanus


[edit] Identification

43–61 cm (17-24 in)

  • Black overall plumage
  • Red bare skin on throat
  • White belly

Young birds lack the red throat

[edit] Distribution

SubadultPhoto by Stanley JonesOxapampa, Peru, August 2017
Photo by Stanley Jones
Oxapampa, Peru, August 2017

Central America and South America:
Central America: Formerly Mexico to Panama, this species has declined severely, and may now effectively be limited to a few locations in Costa Rica and to eastern Panama.
South America: from Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Ecuador, south to Peru, northern Bolivia and southern Brazil.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

[edit] Habitat

Primary rainforest and forest edges, open grassland with scattered trees, secondary-growth woodland, often along rivers. In Honduras, also (is? or was?) found in pine savannah. (Different sources disagree as to whether this species can utilize open areas).

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Photo by andyadcockUiparu, Venezuela, January 2016
Photo by andyadcock
Uiparu, Venezuela, January 2016

Their diet consists mostly of the eggs and larvae of wasps and bees. They are most often seen in branches from the middle of the tree to the canopy.

[edit] Breeding

They build a stick nest.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  3. Howell & Webb, 1995. A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198540124
  4. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  5. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  6. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

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