Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

This was an exciting encounter. I spotted this falcon in my neighbors yard in a tall pine. I knew it was something special but I didn’t have my field glasses, so relied on my camera to i.d. it. New Life Lister for me.

According to Cornell: “Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.”

Diet: “Insects; small and occasionally large vertebrates, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals; eggs; and carrion of all types.”

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Crested_Caracara/lifehistory

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