Crested Caracara (species: Caracara cheriway) in Birds of Honduras (Gaia Guide)
Caracara cheriway
Crested Caracara

©Alejandra Mercado: Caracara cheriway

©Bernal Saborio: Caracara cheriway

©Robin Horn: Mexican Eagle (Caracara cheriway)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Falconiformes
Family Falconidae
Genus Caracara
Species Caracara cheriway



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 58 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 130 cm



Distribution and habitat preferences

The northern caracara is a resident in Cuba, northern South America (south to northern Peru and northern Amazonian Brazil) and most of Central America and Mexico, just reaching the southernmost parts of the United States, including Florida, where it is resident but listed as threatened. There have been reports of the crested caracara as far north as San Francisco, California. South of the US border, it is generally common. It can also be found (nesting) in the Southern Caribbean (e.g. Aruba, CuraƧao and Bonaire).

This is a bird of open and semi-open country. (Wikipedia)

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