|Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago
The Yellow-headed Caracara is a commonly seen raptor in its range from Panama to northern Argentina largely because of its habit of patrolling roads looking for carrion.
It is fairly small with a characteristic pale head with dark stripe behind the eye. In flight it shows a conspicuous white patch on its long wings.
|The juvenile in the last two
photos looks very different being generally brown with cream and
buff streaks on the crown and nape and with heavy streaking
below. The tail is finely barred brown and buff.
Apart from road kills it eats insects including caterpillars, frogs, fish, etc..
|It often sits on the back of cattle as is the case of the juvenile where it normally picks off ticks but is also known to eat the flesh from open wounds. In some cases, as seen in the first two photos, a Capybara replaces a cow as a suitable perch.|
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