Northern Caracara



Northern Caracara
Caracara cheriway

The Caracara is an uncommon bird in north Texas and has a very unique look.  Previously known as Crested Caracara.

Species information:

Length:            24”
Wingspan:       50”
Weight:           2.25 lbs

Description:     Distinctive bird. Wings are black with white tips. Head has a black crest, red face and white neck. Belly is black, tail is speckled white with broad black band at tips.

Habitat: Found in open grasslands usually on the ground.

Flight:  Long steady wingbeats.

Vocalization:  Normally silent, but has a croaking call.

Food:  Mainly carrion.

Nesting:  Found in trees or rock ledges, Site will be re-used every year with additional material being added. Usually 2-3 eggs that hatch in about 28 days. Leaves nest in 6 – 7 weeks but remains nearby for many weeks.

Notes: Seen South and East of Dallas, known nesting sites near Greenville.