Caracara lutosa


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Caracara lutosa
Species Authority: Ridgway, 1876
Common Name/s:
English Guadalupe Caracara
Spanish Carancho de Guadalupe
Caracara lutosus Brooks (2000)
Polyborus lutosus lutosus Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Taxonomic Notes: Considered distinct by Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993); now recognised by AOU (2000) following reorganisation of the now extralimital Polyborus plancus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor/s: BirdLife International
Reviewer/s: Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/s: Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species was endemic to Guadalupe Island, Mexico, but has been driven Extinct due to persecution by settlers. It was last recorded in 1903.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Caracara lutosa was endemic to Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. It is now extinct and was last recorded in 1903 (Howell and Cade 1953).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is likely to have occurred throughout the island in open habitats.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The island was once heavily vegetated, but grazing by goats has almost entirely denuded it (Jehl 1983). However, the primary cause of the species's decline was direct persecution by settlers(Greenway 1967).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Caracara lutosa. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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