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[kahr-uh-kahr-uh, kar-uh-kar-uh] /ˌkɑr əˈkɑr ə, ˌkær əˈkær ə/
any of certain long-legged birds of prey of the falcon family, of the southern U.S. and Central and South America that feed on carrion.
Origin of caracara
1830-40; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi; imitative of its cry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They are usually known in localities where they are found, as caracara Eagles.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • The caracara will craftily follow the sportsman, and steal away game that is not quickly bagged.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The caracara lays two eggs; the nest is generally placed on the ground among brushwood.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The flight of the caracara is heavy and slow, and it is generally an inactive, tame, and cowardly bird.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • It will frequently wait, as does the caracara, at the mouth of a rabbit-hole, and seize on the animal when it comes out.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The caracara takes little notice, except by bobbing its head.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for caracara


any of various large carrion-eating diurnal birds of prey of the genera Caracara, Polyborus, etc, of S North, Central, and South America, having long legs and naked faces: family Falconidae (falcons)
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish or Portuguese, from Tupi; of imitative origin
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