Crested Caracara

Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and is sometimes called the Mexican eagle, the caracara is actually in the same family as falcons. 

It regularly walks and runs, but is also a strong flier.   It is an opportunistic hunter and will take prey on the ground or in shallow water.  It can even be found feeding alongside vultures.

North America
South America

At A Glance


Grasslands, prairies, pastures, deserts


Insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, eggs, carrion


Southern US to northern South America