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Encyclopedia > Caracara
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae


Caracaras are birds of prey in the family Falconidae. They are principally birds of South and USA.

Unlike the Falco falcons in the same family, the birds in the four relevant genera are not fast flying aerial hunters, but are rather sluggish and often scavengers.

The species are:

  • Black Caracara, Daptrius ater
  • Red-throated Caracara, Daptrius americanus
  • Carunculated Caracara, Phalcoboenus carunculatus
  • Mountain Caracara, Phalcoboenus megalopterus
  • White-throated Caracara, Phalcoboenus albogularis
  • Striated Caracara, Phalcoboenus australis
  • Crested Caracara, Polyborus plancus
  • Yellow-headed Caracara, Milvago chimachima
  • Chimango Caracara, Milvago chimango

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Crested Caracara (298 words)
Caracaras hunt live food on the ground or take food from other birds.
The common name, caracara, is what South Americans called the bird and probably imitates the sound of the bird.
The caracara is the most terrestrial bird in the falcon group.
ADW: Caracara plancus: Information (684 words)
Caracaras can be identified by thier long yellow legs, and their large, hooked, bluish bill.
Bonds between adult caracaras are strong, persisting until one of the mates dies.
Another significant factor into the decline of the caracara population is the fact that they have a low reproductive rate and face a small gene pool.
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