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Southern Crested Caracara

Caracara plancus


"eagle like" raptor that I see regularly on the roadside. Often on side of road eating carrion.


Central Floridas scrub area. Dwarf live oak, prickly pear cactus, scrub palms. Near ranch areas and near roads.


Seems to enjoy walking (in a sense, more like a hop). Easily approached and will allow one to get within 40 to 50 feet to observe.By far one of my favorite birds to watch.

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Mick G
Mick G 7 years ago

@AshleyT, definitely my favorite Florida Raptor. These guys are on the route 27 and the Bee Line from Okeechobee to Sebring regularly. They walk around like peg-legged pirates. Seeming to like walking better than flying. They will let you get very close. Seem unafraid of humans.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

I love to see such great birds in freedom...

MichaelEdward 9 years ago

Threatened or vulnerable species here. Hard to find outside of desert like scrub habitat in central Florida.

João Burini
João Burini 9 years ago

Interesting to see these are up there as well, common species here in south america

MitchRay 9 years ago

I love seeing these guys in Texas. Every once in a while I'll see one kicking the crap out of some black vultures and stealing their meal.

Mick G
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Mick G

Sebring, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Aug 28, 2011

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