The black caracara is a bird of prey belonging to the Falconidae family that may be found in the Amazonian and French Guiana lowlands, usually around rivers. In the Republic of Suriname, they are known as Ger’ futu busikaka, while the Emberá of Panama and Colombia call them juápipi njmb. Both of these names pertain to different Falconidae bird species. Helmut Sick, a German-Brazilian ornithologist, also called this species gavio-de-anta, which means “tapir-hawk.”
They are classified as sedentary since they do not migrate and spend the entire year in the tropics. The Black Caracara is a common raptor that may be seen in groups of two to five birds in lofty trees. High up in the trees, nests made of sticks with 2-3 spotted brown eggs have been noticed, but nothing else is known about their breeding habits and reproduction. This species is an omnivore and an opportunistic feeder, known to be a predator, scavenger, and forager, as is typical of caracaras.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No