Guadalupe caracara
Reconstruction of the Guadalupe caracara
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Caracara
Ridgway, 1876
Type species
Caracara lutosa
Ridgway, 1876

Polyborus plancus lutosus

Caracara plancus lutosus

Polyborus lutosus

Caracara lutosus

The Guadalupe caracara or mourning caracara is an extinct bird of prey belonging to the falcon family. It was, together with the closely related crested and southern caracara, formerly placed in the genus Polyborus. It was also known as the quelili or the calalie.


Due to photos of preserved specimens, the Guadalupe caracara was likely similar in looks to the crested caracara, as they were also once thought to be a subspecies of the latter.


The Guadalupe caracara likely filled a similar niche to their relatives.


The Guadalupe caracara was one of the only species to intentionally be hunted to extinction by humans. Due to believing that they fed on young goats, farmers hunted them down to protect their livestock. By 1906, the caracara was officially extinct. Interestingly, with the extinction of the Guadalupe caracara, the ischnoceran louse Acutifrons caracarensis, went extinct due to not being able to parasitize them.

In Popular Culture[]

  • The Guadalupe caracara appeared as both a minor and playable character in the original Kemono Friends game.