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22-JUL-2010 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
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Dan27-Aug-2010 16:12
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 41–46 cm (16–18 in) cm long and weighs 325 g (11.5 oz) on average. The female is larger than the male, weighing 310–360 g (11–13 oz), against his 280–330 g (9.9–12 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
Art Wittingen27-Aug-2010 15:59
Wow beautiful bird.
Is this a bird of prey?
How big is it in real ?