Definitions for: Caracara


[n] any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South and Central America



Webster (1913) Definition: Ca`ra*ca"ra (k[aum]`r[.a]k[aum]"r[.a]), n. (Zo["o]l.)
A south American bird of several species and genera,
resembling both the eagles and the vultures. The caracaras
act as scavengers, and are also called carrion buzzards.

Note: The black caracara is Ibycter ater; the chimango is
Milvago chimango; the Brazilian is {Polyborus
Braziliensis}.

See Also: Audubon's caracara, carancha, falcon, Polyborus cheriway audubonii, Polyborus plancus

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