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Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway

Description:

Large, 23" seen in semi-open lowlands especially agricultural areas in Florida. Eats carrion and lizards.

Habitat:

wetland prairie: Kissimmee Prairie

Notes:

Caracaras were pretty abundant on the side of the road on the drive from Sarasota to the prairie...we saw about 12.

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11 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba. I did find out that the orange spot is the crop.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

What a handsome bird.

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Thanks Alice...does anyone know what that orange spot on the chest is...in the second photo? Maybe a crop bulging?

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Beautiful!

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Thanks...they seem to favor agricultural fields but, I do think the population is increasing.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

I lived on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and traveled to Miami frequently. I never saw one in ten years there...not even in my favorite birdwatching place - J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Great sighting!

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Yea, it does kinda have that Elvis look. Thanks asergio & Luc

LucBertrand
LucBertrand 9 years ago

What a beautiful bird ! Very nice picture Super !

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

I love their hairdo, it gives them an Elvish look (from Elvis, not from elves...) ;-)

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

According to Sibley, they make their way into Texas, New Mexico & Utah, as well,

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

I didn't know caracaras reached as far as Florida. Thought to be a south american species only. Living and learning. Tx for sharing, ceherzog.

ceherzog
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Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 17, 2011

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