Crested Caracara couple, Uraba, Colombia
These two seemed very intimate and attached to each other during the 10 minutes or so that we observed them. This species is an opportunistic ground dweller. It scavenges anything it can, kills injured or weak prey, and steals eggs and food from other birds, including larger ones. They often beat vultures to a scavenge scene and are aggressive enough to defend the prize. This bird is even reported to follow cars and trains to hope something edible falls of.
In other words, this bird can thrive anywhere. It's intelligent, opportunistic, aggressive and not picky.
The Northern Caracara, or Crested Caracara as it is properly known where it lives in the Americas, is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Southern Caracara and the extinct Guadalupe Caracara as the "Crested Caracara". It has also been known as the Northern Crested Caracara and the Audubon's Caracara. As with its relatives, the Northern Caracara was formerly placed in the genus ''Polyborus''. Unlike the ''Falco'' falcons in the same family, the.. more