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Daptrius ater

Black Caracara

  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Monotypic


Daptrius ater

Puno, Peru; 3 October 2011 © Ian Billenness

The Black Caracara is a distinctive member of the Amazonian and Guiana lowland raptor community. Its piercing scream is often the first indication of its presence, and often is heard before a small group of Black Caracaras comes into view, flying along river courses or over edge habitats. In flight the species is easily distinguished from all other black raptors by its long angular wings, long tail and protruding head and, when close enough, by the orange facial skin and yellow legs. The Black Caracara is omnivorous and will feed on carrion, frogs, fish, birds, mammals, a variety of insects and even fruits. They will also pick ticks off tapir and deer.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Black Caracara (Daptrius ater), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:River edge forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern