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Southern Caracara

Caracara plancus


The Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus), also known as the Southern Caracara or Carancho, is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. The classification of this species and name have evolved. It was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus. The use of the name formerly extended to two subspecies: the Northern Caracara (C. cheriway) of the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and northern South America, and the extinct Guadalupe Caracara (C. lutosa) as subspecies. As the name is presently defined, the range of the Southern Caracara is restricted to central and southern South America.


The Southern Crested Caracara occurs from Tierra del Fuego in southernmost South America north to the Amazon River region and southern Peru. An isolated population occurs on the Falkland Islands. It avoids the Andean highlands and dense humid forest, such as the Amazon rainforest, where it is largely restricted to relatively open sections along major rivers. Otherwise, it occurs in virtually any open or semi-open habitat and is often found near humans.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Beautiful bird! Where did you get these wonderful shots?

Great capture Aisse,beautiful,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing such a amazing spotting page

thundermak 10 years ago

nice pics congrat on SOTD

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

love the detail, congrats!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago


alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Love it!

DigantaGogoi 10 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Great series !

LaurieWinters 10 years ago

Beautiful! Congratulations!!

SandraPereira 10 years ago


LuisStevens 10 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD Aisse!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spotting! Congratulations Aisse Gaertner!

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Beautiful portrait! Congrats!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

OHO, ya did get SOTD! and coooooooooooooooooongrats~

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Lovely pics! Congrats!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations !!

Atul 10 years ago

Congratulations ... Lovely pics !!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations on this stunning SotD !

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Gorgeus bird

Aisse Gaertner
Aisse Gaertner 10 years ago

PN making my day happier!!! :D

KarenL 10 years ago

What a stunning portrait of a beautiful bird! Congrats Aisse, this has earned you spotting of the day!

The Southern Caracara is a distinctive raptor that inhabits open areas of central and southern South America.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

i find these birds simply spectacular~

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago


Aisse Gaertner
Spotted by
Aisse Gaertner

San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Spotted on May 9, 2013
Submitted on May 16, 2013

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