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Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Caracara
Species: plancus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Palm City, Florida
Corpus Christi, Texas
Eagle Pass, Texas

Members' Notes:


On Jan 28, 2019, sm4879 from Austin, TX wrote:

When I go to my hometown of Eagle Pass, just 150 miles southwest of San Antonio, I see them often on telephone poles or flying around. They are magnificent to look at. I first saw these birds in the 1980s and have become more numerous since then, they appear to be heading further into Texas as I now seem then closer to San Antonio.


On Dec 4, 2018, dunlap from Corpus Christi, TX wrote:

Magnificent birds. Beautiful and powerful. And colorful! We see them often in south Texas, usually hunting in pairs. It is not at all uncommon to spot a pair in a plowed corn field or cotton field or in a grassy pasture making a meal of some creature or other. Once we watched a pair trying to take on a large, angry snake in a pasture. Suddenly a tremendous red tailed hawk swooped down from out of nowhere and grabbed the snake but he wasn't able to cope with it either. He flew only a few feet, barely clearing the ground, before dropping the snake and eventually flying away. The caracaras stayed a little longer, following the snake on foot but at a respectful distance. Needless to say no one enjoyed snake for dinner that day!