Black caracara

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Black caracara
Black Caracara (5320732936).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Subfamily: Polyborinae
Genus: Daptrius
Vieillot, 1816
Species: D. ater
Binomial name
Daptrius ater
Vieillot, 1816

The black caracara (Daptrius ater) is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. Its genus Daptrius is often considered monotypic today, though some also include the red-throated caracara otherwise separated in Ibycter.

It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forests.


It is all black except its legs and face which are red.

In flight, Pantanal, Brazil