Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Code 4

CRCA

Code 6

CARCHE

ITIS

HEAD

Crested Caracara Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Brown in juveniles; dull orange-brown in adults.
  • Head pattern: Capped, Crested or plumed, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: White
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: Red

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BODY

Crested-Caracara Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 51-64 cm (20-25 in)
  • Weight: 952 g (33.6 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Black
  • Underparts: White and black.
  • Upperparts: Brown-black
  • Back Pattern: Barred or banded
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Barred or banded

FLIGHT

Crested-Caracara Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Strong steady deep wing beats., Often alternates series of wing beats with long to short glides., Sometimes soars on thermals.
  • Wingspan Range: 114-122 cm (45-48 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Barred
  • Upper Tail: White with black band at tip.
  • Under Tail: White with black band at tip.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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