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Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway
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Length: 23 in. (58 cm )
The national bird of Mexico, this large falcon occurs in open, arid brushlands, pastures, and deserts. It feeds largely on carrion, especially along roads where mammals and birds killed by vehicles are often available. Given the opportunity, it will also feed on fish, eggs, reptiles, and insects. It often uses its long legs to run after prey as well as dig into the soil. Its huge nest is made of sticks and placed high in an isolated tree or saguaro cactus.

The four-digit banding code is CRCA.

Male | Jim Burns


Agricultural

Desert

Grasslands
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Crested Caracara
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: December 10, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/crested-caracara

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Crested Caracara. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/crested-caracara

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Crested Caracara". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/crested-caracara

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Crested Caracara". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 10 Dec 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/crested-caracara

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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