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 (kăr′ə-kăr′ə, -kə-rä′)
Any of several large carrion-eating or predatory birds in the family Falconidae, native to South and Central America and the southern United States.

[Spanish and Portuguese caracará, both from Tupí caracara.]


(Animals) any of various large carrion-eating diurnal birds of prey of the genera Caracara, Polyborus, etc, of S North, Central, and South America, having long legs and naked faces: family Falconidae (falcons)
[C19: from Spanish or Portuguese, from Tupi; of imitative origin]


(ˌkɑr əˈkɑr ə, ˌkær əˈkær ə)

n., pl. -ras.
any of several large birds of prey of the falcon family, inhabiting tropical and subtropical regions of the New World.
[1830–40; < Sp or Portuguese < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caracara - any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South America and Central Americacaracara - any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South America and Central America
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Audubon's caracara, Polyborus cheriway audubonii - widespread from southern United States to Central America; rusty black with black-and-white breast and tail
carancha, Polyborus plancus - South American caracara
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In this list may be included four species of the Caracara or Polyborus, the Turkey buzzard, the Gallinazo, and the Condor.
Impaled on a barbed wire fence is the carcass of a guanaco, licked clean by a puma, condors and caracara birds.
This includes new plantings and landscape lighting at the main entrance to the community center, new mulch and stone beds around the pavilion in Red Sail Park and the addition of flowerbeds on the corners of Caracara Drive and Cassowary Lane.
hawk) 1 -- -- -- 1 Falco peregrinus Peregrine 1 -- 1 -- -- Phalcoboenus megalopterus 2 -- -- -- 2 Mountain Caracara Rallus scinguinolentus Plumbeous 8 (a) 1 3 -- 4 Rail Gallinula chloropus Common 2 1 -- -- 1 Gallinule Fulica ardesiaca Slate-colored 244 (a,c) 13 75 2 154 Coot Fulica gigantea Giant Coot 6 (a) 2 -- -- 4 Fulica leucoptera White-winged 6 (a) -- 2 -- 4 Coot Himantopus mexicanus Black-necked 1 -- -- -- 1 Stilt Vanellus resplendens Andean 8 (a) 5 1 -- 3 Lapwing Thinocorus rumicivorus Least 5 (a) -- -- -- 5 Seedsnipe Fringa melanoleuca Greater 1 -- -- -- 1 Yellowlegs Larus serranus Andean Gull 4 -- -- -- 4 Metriopelia ceciliae Bare-faced 6 (a) -- 3 -- 3 Ground-Dove Metriopelia aymara Golden-spotted 10 (a) 2 3 -- 5 Ground-Dove #Metriopelia sp.
It is dividing point between the caracara and the handout mountains ranges.
In Florida, NRCS used ACEP funds to enroll an additional 6,700 acres in the Northern Everglades Watershed, supporting the restoration and protection of habitat for a variety of listed species, including the Wood Stork, Crested caracara, and Eastern Indigo Snake.
Other residents include hawks, vultures, a caracara, a talking raven, a kookaburra, mongooses and meerkats.
But O'Neill was more concerned by what he saw overhead--a caracara, circling, the sight of which put O'Neill on edge.
The fields Castilla, Chichimene, Rubiales, Quifa, Caracara, Provincia, Casabe, Tibu, La Cira Infantas and Yarigui should continue to be developed, among others.
To treat caracara by the IV route against microorganisms with MIC [less than or equal to] 0.
Evidence of long distance seed dispersal has also been reported for Attalea phalerata by crested caracaras (Caracara plancus; Galetti & Guimaraes, 2004).
Stanford Marine has recently taken delivery of several new OSVs, such as the three ultra-modern 58-metre DP1 platform supply vessels (PSVs) Condor, Osprey and Caracara - which are already chartered -- and will be welcoming in its fleet further four new vessels this year, amongst which will be two 87-metre diesel electric DP2 PSVs with methanol carrying capacity.