Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus)

Red-throated Caracara

[order] FALCONIFORMES | [family] Falconidae | [latin] Ibycter americanus | [authority] Boddaert, 1783 | [UK] Red-throated Caracara | [FR] Caracara a gorge rouge | [DE] Rotkehl-Karakara | [ES] Caracara Gorgirrojo | [NL] Roodkeelcaracara


Monotypic species


The Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus) is a social species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is placed in the monotypic genus Ibycter, or sometimes united in Daptrius with the Black Caracara. Uniquely among caracaras, it mainly feeds on the larvae of bees and wasps, but will also take the adult insects, fruits and berries.

Physical charateristics

Glossy plumage with white belly and thighs, red facial skin, throat bare red, al dark tail with yellow legs.

Listen to the sound of Red-throated Caracara

[audio: Caracara.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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size min.: 48 cm size max.: 61 cm
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broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Latin America : South Mexico to South Brazil


Mainly rain forest from lowland tropics. Sometimnes more open territory.


The red-throated caracara build stick nests,with 2-3 eggs and breed at varying times of the year depending on altitude, latitude and food abundance. This species has, according to study in French Guyana birds live in small social groups. Two of which are recorded as sentinels to the nest which is defended agressively. Other members feed chicks and sentinels.

Feeding habits

Mostly eggs and wasp larvae also fruit and invertebrates.

Video Red-throated Caracara


copyright: D. Ascanio


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Occurs in Amazonia East of Andes, but not much further North than Brazil.
Red-throated Caracara status Least Concern


Very little data available, thought to be sedentary.

Distribution map

Red-throated Caracara distribution range map

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