Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53658

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Falconidae
Genus:Milvago
Genus species:Milvago chimachima

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:45 cm
Identification:The head, neck, and entire underparts of the yellow-headed caracara are buff white to sandy, with heavy black lines behind the eyes. The back and wings are dark brown, with sandy feather edging. The tail is sandy barred with a thick band of brown at the tip. The beak of the yellow-headed caracara is pale blue. In flight the underside of the wing has a white patch at the tip.
Habitat:Savannas, grasslands, timbered scrub, open woodlands, and farms
Diet:Omnivore: carrion (dead things), insects, frogs, vegetable matter, nestling birds and fish
Reproduction:Two to four eggs, but usually three eggs are laid by the yellow-headed caracara.
Large communal roosts are used outside of the breeding season. Yellow-headed caracaras nest in separate nests close together during the breeding season.
Behavior:The yellow-headed caracara is very social especially around food.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Yellow-headed caracaras search out and feed on ticks found on cattle.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Western South America
Date:1965-10 Subjects:Yellow-headed caracara
raptor
hawk-like bird
Caracara (Genus)
Falconidae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53658