Red-throated Caracara Ibycter americanus

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

Priorities for Future Research

The majority of the information known about Red-throated Caracara is the result of a single study. Presumably the biology of the species is similar across its wide range, but this remains to be documented. There still is little information currently on the reproductive or courtship behavior of Red-throated Caracara, for example. What factors play a role in mate selection in this apparently monomorphic species? And while we know that is species is a cooperative breeder, we know nothing of the structure of these groups or how they are formed.

We do not know the age at which these birds first reproduce or if reproduction occurs only in these small groups or if territories are briefly forgotten during the breeding season.  Is there any dispersal that occurs and if so, how are individuals incorporated into a new group of Red-throated Caracaras?  Are males or females more likely to disperse?

There is also little information on the disappearance of this species in several sections of its range or even a rough estimate on the current population size.

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.