23 May, 2011

Yellow-headed Caracara

Scientific Name: Milvago chimachima

Population Estimate: 1M

Range / Habitat: Subtropical / tropical lowland shrub land and open areas in southern Central America and throughout South America.

Field Notes: Large raptor with yellow head, neck and belly. Thin dark eye stripe. Dark back and tail. In flight, two yellow patches on wrist when seen from above. They are primarily scavengers. Laughing Falcon has dark mask. Crested Caracara has distinctive head pattern.

Personal Notes: Seen en route from Carara NP to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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