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Crested caracara at the Tárcoles River, Costa Rica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Subfamily: Polyborinae
Genus: Caracara
Map showing range of the genus Caracara
Range of the genus Caracara

Caracara are birds of prey in the family Falconidae. They live in South and Central America, and the southern USA. Mostly they are not fast fliers, and are scavengers. One species, the red-throated caracara, eats insects and the larvae of bees and wasps.

Their classification is somewhat unclear, but some sources say there are five living genera and 11 species. They were all originally put within the genus Polyborus. Extinct species have been found in the La Brea tar pits.

  • Genus Daptrius
  • Genus Ibycter
  • Genus Phalcoboenus
  • Genus Caracara
  • Genus Milvago
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