Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

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Adult

Large, long-legged and flat-headed falcon. Adults have a black body and cap with a white neck and cheeks. Note yellow legs and bare orangish skin around the face.

Juvenile

Long-legged falcon with a long neck and flat head. Juveniles are brown instead of black with a whitish neck and cheeks.

Adult

In flight, note dark body and white neck, wingtips, and tail.

Juvenile

Juveniles are similar to adults, but are brown instead of black.

Adult

Regularly walks along the ground when foraging for insects, carrion, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. This has a full crop.

Juvenile

Perches on top of trees or posts that offer a good view of the surroundings.

Habitat

Found in open country, including pastureland, grasslands, cultivated areas, and semi-desert with scattered trees and posts.

Recommended Citation

Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/crecar1