Red-throated caracara

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Red-throated caracara
Red-throated Caracara.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Subfamily: Polyborinae
Genus: Ibycter
Vieillot, 1816
Species: I. americanus
Binomial name
Ibycter americanus
(Boddaert, 1783)
  • Falco americanus
    Boddaert, 1783
  • Daptrius americanus
    (Boddaert, 1783)

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,[citation needed] 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.[2]

It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ibycter americanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ McCann, S.; Moeri, O.; Jones, T.; Scott, C.; Khaskin, G.; Gries, R.; O'Donnell, S.; Gries, G. (2013). Nascimento, Fabio S, ed. "Strike Fast, Strike Hard: The Red-Throated Caracara Exploits Absconding Behavior of Social Wasps during Nest Predation". PLoS ONE 8 (12): e84114. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084114.  edit

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