Crested Caracara

Image of Crested Caracara

Search carefully for this striking bird in the interior of Florida between Orlando and the Tamiami Trail. Crested Caracaras are often seen soaring with Black and Turkey Vultures, searching for carrion. However, they are generalists and will eat insects, vertebrates and eggs as well. When they aren't hungry, caracaras can be found perched conspicuously on fence posts or dead snags. Crested Caracaras have been recorded in the panhandle but these individuals probably originated from the western U.S population. The subspecies in Florida is known as Audubon's Crested Caracara; it is present year-round. There are only 250 pairs of this federally threatened subspecies nesting in Florida.

Recommended GFBWT sites:

East Section

South Section

 Recommended events to see this species

For more information on this imperiled species, visit our listed species page on Audubon's Crested Caracara

For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.

Bird's habitat

Look for Crested Caracaras in open places like prairies, brushlands, grasslands, pastures, and fields; they nest in sabal palms.

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