Living Bird Magazine
Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriway
- ORDER: Falconiformes
- FAMILY: Falconidae
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.More ID Info
- Caracara Quebrantahuesos (Spanish)
- Caracara du Nord (French)
- Cool Facts
- 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.
- The oldest recorded Crested Caracara was at least 21 years, 9 months old when it was observed in the wild in 2015 in Florida and identified by it's band. It had been banded in the same state in 1994.