|Southern Caracara Caracara
(aka Crested Caracara, Southern Crested-Caracara Polyborus plancus but see HBW, Volume 2, Pages 219-220 and Northern Caracara Caracara cheriway
Brazilian name: caracará
Chilean name: carancho
|The Southern Caracara can
look a bit like a large chicken from a distance as it struts
along the ground and frequently feeds there. It has long yellow
legs and a bushy black crest. It also has a red cere which apparently
turns yellow, as in the second photo, when the bird is excited.
In flight from below it shows conspicuous white patches on its
It is found in open and semi-open country
from south of the Amazon River to the southern tip of South
There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto .
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