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Facts About Crested Caracara
Their facial skin can change colors in seconds.
A common subject of folklore and legends throughout Central and South America, the Crested Caracara is sometimes referred to as the "Mexican eagle."
Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.
In the U.S., Crested Caracaras are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act. In Florida, it is listed as Threatened.
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2013