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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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Studies have shown that; proportionally; the Southern Caracara feeds more on animals than plants (Rodriguez-Estrella & Rodriguez 1997, Sazima 2007; Travaini et al.
MEET Lilly - the noisy caracara it's difficult to ignore.
En los valles Jallq'a tambien se encuentran colonos de los grupos del altiplano --Tinkipaya y hasta del Killaka y Karanqa altiplanicos-- mezclados con campesino vallunos de Caracara o de Moromoro en una formacion que tambien la llaman chaxru.
Once a month during field studies, we conduct an aerial survey to locate our twenty-five or so radio-tagged caracaras. We fly in a one-propeller plane, pinpointing each caracara's signal and marking its location on a map.
Historically and presently, a diverse mesopredator complex (raccoon, Procyon lotor; coyote, Canis latrans; bobcat, Felis rufus; crested caracara, Polyborus plancus; and possibly others) likely exerted continua l selective pressure on G.
Crested caracara (Carneara cheriway) kleptoparasitism on loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
"Those caracaras are aggressive birds, they're really tough." It was swooping in low.
Abstract: To determine the dosage of enrofloxacin in southern crested caracaras (Caracara plancus), plasma concentrations of enrofloxacin were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography after intravenous (IV) (5 mg/kg) and intramuscular (IM) (10 mg/kg) administration.
Crested caracaras (Caracara plancus), clumsy members of the falcon family, join a few other raptors and wait for a chick or egg to be left unattended.
Over the next four decades, the park lost much of its dry prairie habitat, as well as its burrowing owls, caracaras and endangered grasshopper sparrows.