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.

Diet[edit]

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

Description[edit]

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
at Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Phalcoboenus carunculatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.