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Southern Crested Caracara

Caracara plancus

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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5 Comments

Mick G
Mick G 6 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
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
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
Spotted by
Mick G

Sebring, Florida, USA

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

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