Bird genealogy >> Order Falconiformes >> Family Falconidae
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Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste
Costa Rica


Make Nikon D300
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 1600 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Karakara Dutch  Noordelijke Kuifcaracara
Italian  Caracara crestato Spanish  Caracara Crestada Norteño


Unlike the other Falcons, the five genders of Caracaras are not fast-flying aerial hunters. They are comparatively slow and are often scavengers, except the Red-throated Caracara, which destroys arboreal wasps' and bees' nests to extract larvae.


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Northern Crested Caracara
Caracara cheriway
Caracara nord-américain

Jean-Michel PAULUS