Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Creature Feature #82: Caracara

This sturdily built raptor is a member of the Falcon Family. Unlike her Falco cousins, she is a long-legged and broad-winged bird who prefers walking to flying. Her main diet consists of carrion but she has been known to hunt: although her prey mostly consists of the weak and ailing. She is quite aggressive, however, and will actively chase other scavengers from their carrion meal. Although occasionally solitary, she may also gather in small family groups and abundant food sources can cause larger flockings. Her natural range is Central and South America and she frequents open and semi-open countryside. There are nine extant species, this one is a Crested Caracara.

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