Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)

Black Caracara

Black Caracara (Daptrius ater)

[order] Falconiformes | [family] Falconidae | [latin] Daptrius ater | [UK] Black Caracara | [FR] Caracara noir | [DE] Gelbkehlkarakara | [ES] Caracara Negro | [IT] Caracara golagialla | [NL] Zwarte Caracara

Physical charateristics

All shiny black plumage with a bare red face skin. Throat is yellow skinned. White band across upper part of black tail, legs yellow

wingspan min.: cm wingspan max.: cm
size min.: 42 cm size max.: 48 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Occurs in Amazonia from the Guianas to Northern Bolivia and from Eastern Colombia to Southern Venezuela. In Suriname common along rivers and forest roads. Almost always up high in the trees.

Listen to the sound of Black Caracara

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto


Riparian forest, conspicuous moving in small groups, high in trees. Also wooded savanna and forest gallery.

Foraging habits

Omnivorous, eats pratically anything, carrion, small mammals, birds and fruit. Said to eat ticks of Tapirs. When the tapir calls, the bird arriv, the tapir will lay down and the Caracaras will eat the ticks.

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Breeding habits

Very Little known, bnest is built in trees with 2 to eggs laid.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,700,000 km2. It has a large global population estimated to be 10,000-100,000 individuals (Ferguson-Lees et al. 2001). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern. (source

Black Caracara status Least Concern


Very little data available, thought to be sedentary.

Black Caracara range map

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