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(kär'əkär`ə): see falconfalcon,
common name for members of the Falconidae, a heterogeneous family of long-winged birds of prey similar to the hawks but genetically more closely related to the parrots and other birds.
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the common name for birds of the subfamily Daptriinae, family Falconidae, order of diurnal birds of prey. In contrast to the true falcon, the caracara lacks a tooth on the upper beak and has naked cheeks and throat (sometimes sparsely covered with feathers). It has blunt wings, a long crop, and weak claws. It flies rather poorly but runs well; therefore it tends to stay on the ground.

Carnearas are insectivorous or omnivorous and frequentlyfeed on carrion. They are found in America from the southernUSA to Tierra del Fuego. There are four genera with nine spe-cies. The common caracara, or carancha (Polyborus planeas), isabout 70 cm long; its back is dark brown with lighter crossstripes, and its head is crested. It lives in open level terrain andnests in bushes. It lays two to three eggs in a clutch, which areincubated for 28 days.

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Although quinolones are reported to produce tissue irritation in other species, signs of pain or lameness were not observed after IM administration of enrofloxacin in southern crested caracaras.
The optimal dose of enrofloxacin in southern crested caracaras, estimated by means of an equation previously suggested (16) for the treatment of infections against microorganisms with MIC = 0.
Data on the pharmacokinetics of enrofloxacin in birds of prey are scarce, and no specific pharmacokinetic information has been documented for southern crested caracaras.
Breeding biology and food habits of the Andean Crested Caracara (Polyborus plancus plancus) in the Patagonia of southern Chile.
First record of cartwheeling flight in the Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango).
Nesting habitat and success of the Chimango Caracara in southern Chile.
Observations were made each day from 0430-1630 CST, which covers the entire daily time span during which the Red-throated Caracaras were active.
We were unable to discern if caracaras or another large bird had constructed the nest, or if it was a naturally occurring basin of fallen needles on a branch cluster.
The Chimango Caracara was the most common recipient of reverse interactions (53.
Kleptoparasitism by the Caracara Chimango (Milvago chimango) on the American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) at Mar Chiquita Lagoon, Argentina.
Nest tree and habitat variables were used in a DFA with forward stepwise inclusion of variables (Cody 1968, James 1971) to compare the respective nest sites of Red-tailed Hawks, White-tailed Hawks, and Crested Caracaras.
8 m) than nest substrates used by White-tailed Hawks and Crested Caracaras (Table 1).