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Crested Caracara lands in Cape Region

January 2, 2017

Bill Hicks sent this photo of a Crested Caracara, seen Dec. 30 off Holland Glade Road. Birdwatchers are delighting at this sight of this tropical falcon version of a vulture, which is the national bird of Mexico. 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says of the Crested Caracara: “...the Crested Caracara reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. It is a bird of open country, where it often is seen at carrion with vultures.” 

Hicks wrote he is sure the bird must have taken a wrong turn in Albuquerque.

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