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Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway

This confusing bird has traits that confounds classification. It looks like a small eagle, behaves like a scavenging vulture, but has the bone structure of a falcon, which is where science has it classified (Falconidae). There are two species of caracara, both in the New World. One, Caracara plancus lives in South America, and the other, Caracara cheriway lives north of the equator and has a range that includes parts of Texas and Arizona.

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