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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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The Caracaras are, from their structure, placed among the eagles: we shall soon see how ill they become so high a rank.
Carrion feeders like vultures (Catharttidae) and Caracaras (Falconidae) were found dead on the road, presumably killed by traffic while feeding.
He pointed out that kea, sheep-eating parrots in New Zealand, also chew on cars' window seals, and he's observed the same behavior among striated caracaras in the Falkland Islands.
The median time for this group of owls was faster than reported individual values for red-tailed hawks and caracaras (Caracara plancus) and for median values of several Falco species.
For the past three years, two striated caracaras have made themselves at home at Redcar's Kirkleatham Owl Centre, rather than their native South America.
Seed dispersal of Attalea phalerata (Palmae) by crested caracaras (Caracara plancus) in the Pantanal and a review of frugivory by raptors.
The lack of edge effect in our study may be explained by the presence of the potential nest predators Burrowing Owls and Southern Caracaras throughout the old mining pits during the nesting season, regardless of the distance to habitat edge (pers.
Those caracaras are aggressive birds, they're really tough.
Caracaras) Caracara cheriway Caracara Monudo Milvago chimachima Pigua Falco sparverius Cernicalo Americano Falco peregrinos Halcon Peregrino SCOLOPACIDAE: (1) (Andarrios.
Striated Caracaras (locally known as 'Johnny Rooks'') are strange, intelligent falcons that act more like crows or ravens.