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    Crested Caracara Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Crested Caracara is a medium-sized, bulky raptor with long legs. Its flat head is topped with a shaggy crest. In flight, note its long, straight wings and diamond-shaped tail. The bill is heavy with a sharp tip.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Peregrine Falcon, smaller than a Turkey Vulture.

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      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 19.3-22.8 in (49-58 cm)
        • Weight: 37.0-45.9 oz (1050-1300 g)
        • Wingspan: 48.0-49.2 in (122-125 cm)