- 19.3–22.8 in
- 47.2 in
- 37–45.9 oz
- Audubon's Caracara
- Caracara du Nord (French)
- Carancho, Caraira, Quelele, Totache (Spanish)
- A common subject of folklore and legends throughout Central and South America, the Crested Caracara is sometimes referred to as the "Mexican eagle."
- Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.
Open country, including pastureland, cultivated areas and semi-desert, both arid and moist habitats but more commonly in the former.
Insects; small and occasionally large vertebrates, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals; eggs; and carrion of all types.
- Clutch Size
- 1–4 eggs
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless and covered in down.
Populations in United States have declined historically, but currently appear stable or slightly increasing. Classified as "threatened" in Florida. Common and widespread throughout Neotropics.
- References Morrison, J. L. 1996. Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus). In The Birds of North America, No. 249 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.