Carunculated Caracara Phalcoboenus carunculatus



Conservation Status

Even though it has a restricted range, it is not small enough to approach the habitat range size for vulnerable (less than 20,000). Population trend is stable, thus not approaching population size criterion for vulnerable species (more than 30% population decline over ten years or three generations), and apparently its populations are bigger than the population size criterion for vulnerable species (less than 10,000 mature individuals) (Birdlife Interantiona, 2012).

Effects of human activity on populations

Habitat modification by human beings is the most serious threat to these open-country raptors. Alvarez-Lopez and Kattan (1995) report that the change from undisturbed open country to cattle ranches, extensive agriculture or urbanization have led to declines in populations. Typically this species does not suffer from hunting pressures (Bierregaard, 1995).

Recommended Citation

Carunculated Caracara (Phalcoboenus carunculatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: