Family Falcons, Caracaras (Falconidae)


Guadalupe Caracara (Caracara lutosa)


French: Caracara de Guadalupe German: Guadalupekarakara Spanish: Carancho de Guadalupe

Polyborus Lutosus


, 1876,

Guadalupe Island


Previously placed in genus Polyborus, now shown to be invalid as type unidentifiable#R#R. Frequently treated as a race of C. cheriway, and, together with latter, often regarded as race of C. plancus. Initial DNA studies, however, suggested that present form was a distinct species#R, and this view was supported by later molecular analysis#R. Monotypic.


Guadalupe I, off W Baja California, NW Mexico.

Last recorded in 1903#R#R. Decline and ultimate extinction due primarily to direct persecution by settlers, who often shot large numbers of this species which had gathered at water-holes#R. Loss of vegetation cover through overgrazing by introduced goats may also have played a part.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2019). Guadalupe Caracara (Caracara lutosa). 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 16 February 2019).