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caracara

[kahr-uh-kahr-uh, kar-uh-kar-uh] /ˌkɑr əˈkɑr ə, ˌkær əˈkær ə/
noun
1.
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
1830-1840
1830-40; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi; imitative of its cry
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caracara

/ˌkɑːrəˈkɑːrə/
noun
1.
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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Encyclopedia Article for caracara

any of about 10 species of birds of prey of the New World subfamily Polyborinae (or Daptriinae) of the family Falconidae. Caracaras feed largely on carrion, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. They are gregarious and aggressive. In spite of their smaller size, they dominate vultures when feeding. Caracaras are recognized by their long legs and by the reddish naked skin of the cheeks and throat. They range in size from 40 to 60 cm (16 to 24 inches) long.

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