Project Description

The Crested Caracara is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. The Crested Caracara can be found throughout Cuba, northern South America and Mexico, just reaching the southernmost parts of the United States, including Florida.

It often seen at carrion with vultures since it’s a carnivorous scavenger that mainly feeds on dead animal. The live prey they do catch is usually immobile, injured, incapacitated or young.  Prey species can include young birds, amphibians, small mammals, reptiles, fish, crabs, insects and shellfish. The northern caracara has a length of 49–58 cm (19–23 in), wingspan of 107–130 cm (42–51 in), and weighs 800–1,355 g (1.764–2.987 lb).