An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Falcons and Caracara  

Falcons and hawks are in different taxonomy classifications ('orders'), although superficially they are similar. And Caracara are even more different, being omnivores and in one case, the Red-throated Caracara, a fruit eater.


Northern Crested Caracara
Northern Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
The Crested Caracara, the largest species of caracara, is found from Florida and Texas to Argentina.

Yellow-headed Caracara
Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
San Jeronimo, Colombia

Bat Falcon
Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia
A widespread medium-size falcon that eats, among other things, bats.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Male
Montevideo, Uruguay
A small widespread falcon. Some races (subspecies) are migratory (flying from North America to Latin America in the winter).


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