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Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Crested Caracara is in the same family as falcons. A common subject of folklore and legends throughout Central and South America, the Crested Caracara is sometimes referred to as the “Mexican eagle.” It ranges into the United States to Arizona, Florida and Texas and is commonly seen on Mustang Island. This tropical falcon often associates with vultures feeding on carrion of all types but it has a flexible diet feeding on insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

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