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Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway


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.


Northern Caracaras inhabit various types of open and semi-open country. They typically in lowlands but can live to mid-elevation in the Northern Andes. They are found in very southern US in Texas and Florida, occasionally other southern states.

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AshleyT 8 years ago

Thank you Scott and James!

James, if you ever make it to South Texas, they are literally everywhere! Their range is also slowly extending further North, this guy we found in Houston.

JamesFunk 8 years ago

Very nice series...This is one I will probably never see, so thanks for the photos

ScottHarte 8 years ago

Great series Ashley, thanks for posting

AshleyT 8 years ago

Thank you Christy, Gilma, Maria, Argy, Harsuame, and Karen!! I was very excited about this shot too, glad yall enjoyed it!! :)

KarenL 8 years ago

Fantastic series Ashley!

harsuame 8 years ago

Nice series::

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fabulous set of shots Ashley. Well done.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Beautiful flight series!

Beautiful!! Lovely Bird, Great photograph.

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Ashley, those are fantastic!! Love the first shot!

AshleyT 8 years ago

Thanks Cody and Juan :) It was a horrible day weather wise and I was really surprised I got a shot as good as the first one!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Nice catch!

Cody.conway 8 years ago

Really excellent BIF Shot!!!

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Spotted on Jan 1, 2013
Submitted on Jan 2, 2013

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