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> Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
Dan Polley © 2010
Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
Panama City, Panama
Canon EOS 7D
Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO EX DG OS
1/80s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso125 IMG_2277cara.jpg
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The Yellow-headed Caracara, Milvago chimachima, is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is found in tropical and subtropical South America and the southern portion of Central America. Unlike the Falco falcons in the same family, the caracaras are not fast-flying aerial hunters, but are rather sluggish and often scavengers.
The Yellow-headed Caracara is 4146 cm (1618 in) cm long and weighs 325 g (11.5 oz) on average. The female is larger than the male, weighing 310360 g (1113 oz), against his 280330 g (9.912 oz). It is broad-winged and long-tailed, somewhat resembling a small Buteo. The adult has a buff head, with a black streak behind the eye, and buff underparts. The upperparts are brown with distinctive pale patches on the flight feathers of the wings, and the tail is barred cream and brown. From Wikipedia
Wow beautiful bird.
Is this a bird of prey?
How big is it in real ?