adult; no sexual dimorphism (Florida, USA; 2007-12-27)

Northern Crested Caracara
Caracara cheriway

Native Range: North America and Latin America

Notes: distinctive shape and upright posture mark this distinctive carrion-feeding falcon; white feathers on head, tail and wingtips contrast with the black body and give the bird a 'white-at-all-points' look; likes open grasslands with scattered trees.

striking red face and cere, plus black cap (Florida, USA; 2007-12-27)

white at all four points (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

long rounded wings(Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

pair; note the long yellow legs (Florida, USA; 2007-12-27)