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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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And anyone who has visited the centre in the past 20 years will be familiar with its most famous caracara Stanley, who takes part in flying displays.
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In this note, we present two observations of the crested Caracara preying on the snowy egret and eared grebe during winter in the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula.
Note on the feeding habits of the caracara in South Texas.
Then we study individual caracaras more closely on the ground.
Caracaras eat carrion in the form of animals that have been killed by cars, and some drivers do not seem to care about slowing down to avoid hitting a caracara that is feeding in or at the edge of the road.
Crested caracara (Carneara cheriway) kleptoparasitism on loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
The aim of this study was to investigate the plasma concentrations of enrofloxacin and its active metabolite ciprofloxacin in southern crested caracaras (Caracara plancus) to establish pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationships and the optimal dose for single intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) administration of enrofloxacin.
Albinism in the crested caracara and other raptors in the Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV), Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), and West Nile virus (WNV), in crested caracaras (Caracara cheriway; n = 80) in Florida from 2007 to 2008.
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.