Fishing behaviour by Black Caracaras (Daptrius ater) in the Amazon
Keywords:raptorial birds, Black Caracara, Daptrius ater, fishing behaviour, Characidae
AbstractThe Black Caracara is a widespread raptor in the Amazonian lowlands, mostly associated to riverine habitats. This bird is considered as a generalist scavenger that occasionally takes small prey and feeds on fruit. Here we report on Black Caracaras foraging on live small fish caught while moving upriver in the Rio Roosevelt rapids in the Amazonas state, northwestern Brazil. Fish were picked individually either with the bill or talons in a stretch of shallow water plenty of aquatic plants. This fishing behaviour seems unreported and adds another feeding mode to the already diversified portfolio of foraging strategies for the Caracarini.
How to Cite
Olmos, F., & Sazima, I. (2009). Fishing behaviour by Black Caracaras (Daptrius ater) in the Amazon. Biota Neotropica, 9(3). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/549