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 37 videos
bird on the beach eating flat-fish Locality Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar Department, Colombia
Wim ten Have 4 March 2011 37 weeks ago 20 sec 4.4
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 2 years ago 47 sec 4.3
A juvenil on a branch looking around. Locality Girardot, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia
Pere Sugranyes 11 July 2011 2 years ago 51 sec 4.1
4 birds fighting on a tree at 06.15 am - 2 are seen in the video Locality Lecheria, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
Thore Noernberg 13 September 2013 11 weeks ago 11 sec 4
bird sitting on dirt road Locality Hato El Cedral, Apure State, Venezuela
Thore Noernberg 28 December 2012 47 weeks ago 14 sec 4
PhotosSee all 73 photos
This bird is in flight.
Locality Panama City, Panama Province, Panama (ssp cordatus)
Dannie Polley 8 September 2010 3 years ago 4.6
Locality Morazán, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica
manuel retana 7 July 2013 21 weeks ago 4.4
Male - perched on a fence post
Locality Leticia, Amazonas Department, Colombia (ssp cordatus)
Blair Wainman 15 August 2009 4 years ago 4.2
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 4.1
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 5 years ago 4.1
An adult perched.
Locality Morazán, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp cordatus)
manuel retana 26 July 2012 1 year ago 4
Sounds of agonistic encounter. Locality Aquiraz, Ceará State, Brazil
Ciro Albano 8 August 2006 4 years ago 4
Couple. Locality Viçosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Noé Eiterer 4 April 2013 24 weeks ago 0
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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 42 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 1 year ago 0