Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)

Least Concern

Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)


French: Caracara noir German: Gelbkehlkarakara Spanish: Caracara negro

Daptrius ater


, 1816,





NE & E Colombia, NW, S & E Venezuela#R and the Guianas S through Amazonia to E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia and C Brazil (Maranhão S to N Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

41–47 cm; male 330 g, female 348–445 g; wingspan 91–100 cm. All glossy black; tail basally white; bare skin of face orange, of throat yellow; iris reddish... read more


Overall, vocalizes less frequently than Ibycter americanus, and comparatively rarely when... read more


Forest, usually near edge or along larger rivers; wooded savanna, gallery and secondary forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, feeding on carrion, frogs, fish, nestling birds and eggs, mammals, dragonflies, spiders, beetle and lepidopteran larvae,... read more


Very poorly known. In Guyana species said to nest high in trees, laying 2–3 eggs in Mar–Jun; just-fledged nestling in Surinam... read more


Nothing known; presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Status very poorly known. Extensive range and catholic taste in terms of habitat and feeding habits suggest species... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Black Caracara (Daptrius ater). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).