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Yellow-headed Caracara

Milvago chimachima

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Adult is pale buffy with dark brown wings; juvenile is also buffy but with dark streaking all over. Note buffy wing patches in flight. Most similar to Laughing Falcon but only has thin dark line behind eye, not a full black mask. Much smaller than Crested Caracara, without dark cap. Found in open habitats, such as fields and river edges, where it often perches conspicuously. Can be found singly, in pairs, or in small family groups. Makes a harsh screeching noise.

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Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America