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any of certain long-legged birds of prey of the falcon family, of the southern U.S. and Central and South America that feed on carrion.
Historical Examples

They are usually known in localities where they are found, as caracara Eagles.
Bird Guide Chester A. Reed

The caracara lays two eggs; the nest is generally placed on the ground among brushwood.
Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier

The caracara will craftily follow the sportsman, and steal away game that is not quickly bagged.
Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier

The caracara takes little notice, except by bobbing its head.
The Western World W.H.G. Kingston

It will frequently wait, as does the caracara, at the mouth of a rabbit-hole, and seize on the animal when it comes out.
The Western World W.H.G. Kingston

The flight of the caracara is heavy and slow, and it is generally an inactive, tame, and cowardly bird.
The Western World W.H.G. Kingston

any of various large carrion-eating diurnal birds of prey of the genera Caracara, Polyborus, etc, of S North, Central, and South America, having long legs and naked faces: family Falconidae (falcons)


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