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Yellow-headed Caracara

Milvago chimachima


A pair of Yellow-headed Caracara spotted around the hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima) is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is found in tropical and subtropical South America and the southern portion of Central America. Unlike the falcons in the same family, the caracara is not a fast-flying aerial hunter, but is rather sluggish and often obtains food by scavenging. This one was eating a crab on top of a decorative column.


Hotel gardens, pools and nesting in palm trees.

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Chris79 a month ago

Thank you Machi

Machi a month ago

I always appreciate your wonderful photos as well as your descriptions and habitat notes!

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Quepos, Costa Rica

Spotted on Mar 20, 2020
Submitted on Nov 11, 2020

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