Yellow-headed Caracara…Milvago chimachima.
On my way down to the river with a washing up bowl one morning a loud, scream-like, call drew my attention to a tall tree, where a raptor perched surveying the forest. It was a Yellow-headed Caracara.
The bird had a buff coloured head with a striking black eye streak. The raptors underbody was buff, the wings brown with pale patches on the flight feathers. The longish tail was a barred brown and cream.
The Caracara eats amphibians, reptiles, small animals and carrion. The young will eat fruit.
The female lays 5/7 eggs in a stick nest in a tree.
I never ceased to be amazed by the forest. I saw in just a few months more varieties of raptors, kingfishers, herons and finches than I had seen in my whole life before, not to mention parrots, toucans and hummingbirds. Every single day served up a surprise, a reason to stop and stare.
The Amazon Rainforest is a treasure of nature, a wonder to behold.