Carunculated caracara

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Carunculated caracara
Ecuador 0698b Carunculated Caracara.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Phalcoboenus
Species: P. carunculatus
Binomial name
Phalcoboenus carunculatus
Des Murs, 1853

The carunculated caracara (Phalcoboenus carunculatus) is a species of bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is found in páramo in the Andes of Ecuador and Colombia. It is generally uncommon to fairly common.


A highly opportunistic species often seen walking on the ground, it will feed on both carrion and virtually any small animal it can catch.


It resembles the closely related mountain caracara, but unlike that species its chest and upper belly is black with dense white streaks. Juveniles are far less distinctive than the orange-faced pied adults, being overall brown with dull pinkish-grey facial skin.

Antisana NP, Ecuador