Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)

Least Concern

Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)


Taxonomy

French: Caracara noir German: Gelbkehlkarakara Spanish: Caracara negro
Taxonomy:

Daptrius ater

Vieillot

, 1816,

Brazil

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53187 on 13 December 2018).