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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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A pair of striated caracara have produced their first two offspring at Kirkleatham Owl Centre, which had to administer a little TLC to one of them and as she has been named'Loud Lilly', she must be doing OK.
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Impaled on a barbed wire fence is the carcass of a guanaco, licked clean by a puma, condors and caracara birds.
Seed dispersal of Attalea phalerata (Palmae) by crested caracaras (Caracara plancus) in the Pantanal and a review of frugivory by raptors.