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Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway

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Large, distinctive raptor with long legs and long neck. Note its dark cap, red face, pale head, and dark body. Prefers open areas, where it flies low over arid and scrubby lowlands searching roadsides for carrion and prey. Feeds mainly on lizards and snakes. Widespread from Mexico to northern South America; less common along southern edge of U.S.

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