Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima) - HBW 2, p. 251
French: Caracara à tête jaune
Spanish: Caracara Chimachima
Other common names: Chimachima Caracara
Taxonomy: Polyborus chimachima Vieillot, 1816, Paraguay.
Genus related to Polyborus and Phalcoboenus, and has been included in former; closest of the caracara genera to Falco. Despite some areas of overlap, may be regarded as forming superspecies with M. chimango. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cordatus Bangs & Penard, 1918 - S Costa Rica and Panama (including Pearl Is) through Colombia to the Guianas and Trinidad and S (E of Andes) to Amazon.
- chimachima (Vieillot, 1816) - E Bolivia and Brazil S of Amazon to Paraguay, N Argentina and Uruguay.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 34 videos
bird on the beach eating flat-fish Locality Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar Department, Colombia
Wim ten Have 4 March 2011 9 weeks ago 20 sec 4.6
An individual calling while perched at the roof of the main house in Hato Piñero. Locality Hato Piñero, Cojedes State, Venezuela (ssp cordatus)
DAVID ASCANIO 7 February 2011 2 years ago 13 sec 4.4
A juvenile perched in a dead tree, calling once and flying away. Locality Matapica, Commewijne District, Suriname (ssp cordatus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 21 April 2011 1 year ago 47 sec 4.2
A juvenil on a branch looking around. Locality Girardot, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia
Pere Sugranyes 11 July 2011 1 year ago 51 sec 4.2
bird sitting on dirt road Locality Hato El Cedral, Apure State, Venezuela
Thore Noernberg 28 December 2012 19 weeks ago 14 sec 4
A close view of an inmature bird. Locality Girardot, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia
Pere Sugranyes 8 July 2011 1 year ago 32 sec 4
PhotosSee all 57 photos
This bird is in flight.
Locality Panama City, Panama Province, Panama (ssp cordatus)
Dannie Polley 8 September 2010 2 years ago 4.6
A juvenile and an adult in a tree.
Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp chimachima)
Nick Athanas 1 October 2006 4 years ago 4.1
Male - perched on a fence post
Locality Leticia, Amazonas Department, Colombia (ssp cordatus)
Blair Wainman 15 August 2009 3 years ago 4
Bird in flight, side-view with tail pattern
Locality Hato El Cedral, Apure State, Venezuela (ssp cordatus)
Mikko Pyhälä 22 December 2007 4 years ago 4
At Anzoategui state river side.
Locality Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
Alfredo Allais 14 March 2012 1 year ago 3.9
An adult preening.
Locality Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela (ssp cordatus)
philgunson 19 May 2008 4 years ago 3.9
Sounds of agonistic encounter. Locality Aquiraz, Ceará State, Brazil
Ciro Albano 8 August 2006 4 years ago 4
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Bird singing perched on a palm tree in the morning (6:30am) Locality Comandatuba Island, Una, Bahia State, Brazil
Antonio Silveira 29 January 2013 14 weeks ago 0
Bird singing in a open area near several near cows. Locality Santo Antonio do Pinhal, São Paulo State, Brazil
Antonio Silveira 6 January 2004 40 weeks ago 0