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Crested Caracara

(Polyborus plancus)

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A large black bird with barred neck, black, white, and reddish head, white throat, light colored, hooked bill, and yellow legs; to 60cm (2ft); wingspan to 1.3m (4.3ft). (Caracara Cargahuesos).


Open habitats over lowland areas of the Pacific slope, grasslands, pastures, forest edge areas; more common in northern than southern areas.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Crested Caracara (Polyborus plancus), Costa Rica