n.1.(Zool.) The Brazilian kite (Polyborus Brasiliensis); - so called in imitation of its notes.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
To begin with the Polyborus Brasiliensis: this is a common bird, and has a wide geographical range; it is most numerous on the grassy savannahs of La Plata (where it goes by the name of Carrancha), and is far from unfrequent throughout the sterile plains of Patagonia.
The Carranchas are said to be very crafty, and to steal great numbers of eggs.
These birds in many respects resemble in their habits the Carranchas. They live on the flesh of dead animals and on marine productions; and on the Ramirez rocks their whole sustenance must depend on the sea.
Another instance of conflation occurs when, in a transitional passage, Conrad takes Paez's description of the rey-zamuro vulture and fuses it with the later description of the carrancha. Here is Paez: