Red-throated Caracara Ibycter americanus

  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Courtney Davis and Sean McCann


Conservation Status

Birdlife International (2014) considers Red-throated Caracara a species of "Least Concern" due to its relatively large range (8 million km2; BirdLife International 2014), and a general consensus that it is common within much of its range, especially in eastern South America. This species is much less common locally, however, especially in most of Central America. Red-throated Caracara is considered extirpated in the wild in Mexico (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This is also a species of high concern to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 50% or more of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

It is not known whether the presence of humans has a devastating effect on a population. The primary habitat of Red-throated Caracara is mature lowland forest. Clearly deforestation or habitat fragmentation affects this species, but it is not clear the extent to which declines or extirpations of this species in Central America are due to habitat loss or degradation. The primary sources of relevant habitat loss or degradation are logging of mature forests, and habitat conversion for agriculture and livestock production.

Recommended Citation

Davis, C. and S. McCann (2014). Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.