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Northern crested caracara

Caracara cheriway


Broad-winged and long-tailed, it also has long legs and frequently walks and runs on the ground. It is very cross-shaped in flight. The adult has a black body, wings, crest and crown. The neck, rump, and conspicuous wing patches are white, and the tail is white with black barring and a broad terminal band. The breast is white, finely barred with black. The bill is thick, grey and hooked, and the legs are yellow. The cere and facial skin are deep yellow to orange-red depending on age and mood.


Actually originary from Central America. I have later seen a specimen eating a roadkill carcass in Bonaire but could not make apicture of it. This one here is part of raptor flight exhibit held in Belgium.


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maplemoth662 8 months ago

Photo No. 1: is a beautiful photo, with beautiful colors....

Vlaanderen, Belgium

Lat: 51.00, Long: 3.58

Spotted on Aug 19, 2017
Submitted on Nov 12, 2017

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