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Crested caracara



Adult Description Large, long-legged raptor. Black cap with short crest at back. Pale sides of back and neck. Bare red skin on face. Black body. White tail with wide black tip. White patches at ends of dark wings. Faint barring on upper back and breast. Immature Description Juvenile similar to adult, but tawny brown instead of black; buffy, not white face; and with streaks, not barring on neck.


The Crested Caracaras’ preferred habitat is open, lowland countryside, like pastures, savannas, river edges, and ranches. They may also be found in some forests and marshes. These birds reside in the southwestern United States and Florida, Central America, and South America.


Unlike other members of the falcon family that do not construct nests, the caracara builds a stick nest. The caracara is the most terrestrial bird in the falcon group. It spends a great deal of time on the ground.

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antondazomb 9 years ago

Awesome sjot

Quinn Sullivan
Quinn Sullivan 9 years ago

Nevermind ChristyHolland

Quinn Sullivan
Quinn Sullivan 9 years ago

How do I add them ChristyHolland

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

I can't add them, Quinn...only you can do that!! I would be the one flattered!! ;-)

Quinn Sullivan
Quinn Sullivan 9 years ago

ChristyHolland, i would be flattered for you to add my pictures to your mission. Thank you đŸ˜„

Quinn Sullivan
Quinn Sullivan 9 years ago

EmilyMarino I was at my ranch and we fed raw meat to the caracara so we could get quick shots of them.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Nice! :)

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Wonderful series!! I'd love to hear more too! I see you have 5 missions already, but I'd love you to add this to the mission Raptors of North America:

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Awesome shots! What is the story with these pictures? Territorial dispute?

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

nice action shots!

U should put it for the missions: 2012 best wildlife photo, Birds of the world, and Global Flight!

patty 9 years ago

Great picture and impressive birds quinnster581.

Quinn Sullivan
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Quinn Sullivan

Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2012
Submitted on Nov 25, 2012

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