Subspecies: nominate, with range S of the Amazon, in much of S America. RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Synonyms: Falco plancus MILLER 1777;
Figure 1. Adult bird, cautiously approaching my hide for some dead fish I had placed nearby. The Crested Caracara eats carrion, but it is also a bird of prey, and I have seen it killing and eating a Striated Heron. Click here for details.
In farming areas, the Crested Caracara sometimes attacks newborn lambs. On one occasion, I saw a caracara, together with a few Black Vultures, aggressively approaching a sheep that had just given birth; I had to intervene and chase the birds away.
The Crested Caracara is considered a nuisance by many farmers. It is not threatened by extinction, though, probably because most locals believe that it is not edible (but I heard of one exception).To top of page
Figure 2. Immature individual.To top of page