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Yellow-headed Caracara

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AdultPhoto by DecaGonalves, MG, Brazil, October 2004
Photo by Deca
Gonalves, MG, Brazil, October 2004
Milvago chimachima


[edit] Identification

41-46 cm (16-18 in)

  • Buff head
  • Black streak behind the eye
  • Buff underparts
  • Brown upperparts
  • Pale patches on the flight feathers
  • Tail barred cream and brown

Sexes similar but the female is larger than the male.
Immature birds are heavily mottled with brown and buff.

[edit] Distribution

Juvenile, subspecies cordataPhoto by DABSOrange Grove, Trinidad, May 2018
Juvenile, subspecies cordata
Photo by DABS
Orange Grove, Trinidad, May 2018

Central and South America: breeds in south-west Costa Rica and Panama and in South America from Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas south to Paraguay and southern Brazil and west to Ecuador, eastern Peru and eastern Bolivia. Common in much of range.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • M.c. cordata:
  • M.c. chimachima:

[edit] Habitat

Wooded savanna, open woodland and forest edge.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes reptiles, amphibians, small animals and carrion; it takes ticks from cattle.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[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. Wikipedia

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