Red-throated Caracara Ibycter americanus

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

Diet and Foraging


Red-throated Caracara is a known predator of wasps, bees, ants, termites, small caterpillars, invertebrates, millipedes, and lizards (e.g., Lowery and Dalquiest 1951, Skutch 1959, Haverschmidt 1968, Voous 1969, Windsor 1976). The larvae and eggs of Synoeca nests and Polybia emaciate mud nests are the most frequently foraged but individuals have also been seen foraging on nut-sized fruits (Windsor 1976).

Foraging Behavior

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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.