- 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
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Examples from the Web for caracara
They are usually known in localities where they are found, as Caracara Eagles.Bird Guide
Chester A. Reed
The Caracara lays two eggs; the nest is generally placed on the ground among brushwood.
The Caracara will craftily follow the sportsman, and steal away game that is not quickly bagged.
The flight of the caracara is heavy and slow, and it is generally an inactive, tame, and cowardly bird.
It will frequently wait, as does the caracara, at the mouth of a rabbit-hole, and seize on the animal when it comes out.
- 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)
C19: from Spanish or Portuguese, from Tupi; of imitative origin