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    Crested Caracara

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    Crested Caracara

    Caracara cheriway
    • ORDER: Falconiformes
    • FAMILY: Falconidae
    Basic Description

    A tropical falcon version of a vulture, the Crested Caracara reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. It is a bird of open country, where it often is seen at carrion with vultures.

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    Other Names
    • Caracara Quebrantahuesos (Spanish)
    • Caracara du Nord (French)
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