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)