That is a Falcon!
We met one gorgeous bird today! This big member of the falcon family is known to hang with vultures and look more like a hawk!
Southern Crested Caracara Fun Facts:
- Crested caracaras can grow up to 22 inches and weigh up to 3 lbs.
- Their wing span is almost 50 inches.
- These carnivores eat incsects, small reptiles and fish. They are also known to push vultures away from carion.
- They have long thin legs.
- They are mostly solitary.
- It is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
These gorgeous birds have a northern cousin that lives in Mexico and in Arizona and Texas. We love these raptors!