Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Red-throated Caracara (Daptrius americanus) - HBW 2, p. 249

French: Caracara à gorge rouge German: Rotkehlkarakara Spanish: Caracara Gorgirrojo

Taxonomy: Falco americanus Boddaert, 1783, Cayenne.
May merit separation from D. ater in genus Ibycter, on grounds of differences in morphology, habitat and behaviour. Populations from Central America and SE Brazil have been recognized as races guatemalensis and pelzelni respectively, based primarily on size, but substantial overlap with intervening populations. Monotypic.

Distribution: Extreme S Mexico (Chiapas) S to Colombia, S on Pacific slope to W Ecuador, and E of Andes to C Peru, N & E Bolivia and S Brazil (NW Paraná, Mato Grosso and São Paulo).