American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several large, carrion-eating or predatory hawks of the subfamily Caracarinae, native to South and Central America and the southern United States.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of the hawks of the subfamily Polyborinæ and genera Polyborus, Phalcobænus, Senex, Milvago, Ibycter, and Daptrius, all of which are confined to America. The name is specially applicable to the species of Polyborus, of which there are several, as P. cherivay, P. auduboni, and P. lutosus, of the southern United States and warmer parts of America. These are large, vulture-like hawks, of terrestrial, ambulatory, not saltatory, habits, preying chiefly upon carrion. The head and neck are extensively denuded; the legs and wings are comparatively long; the beak is toothless, with the cere ending vertically, the nostrils high up, linear, and oblique, with concealed tubercle. Though vulturine in general aspect and economy, the caracaras approach the typical falcons in some anatomical characters, as in the peculiar structure of the shoulder-joint, the extensively ossified nasal bones with central nasal tubercle, and the anterior keel of the palate. The common caracara is much varied with white and black barring of the plumage, and is about 22 inches long. Also called
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A south American bird of several species and genera, resembling both the eagles and the vultures. The caracaras act as scavengers, and are also called
- n. any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South America and Central America
- Spanish or Portuguese, from Tupian, probably imitative. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish and Portuguese caracará, both from Tupi caracara. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes seen feeding alongside vultures at carcasses is the longer-necked and larger-headed crested caracara (Polyborus plancus), a hawk with distinctive markings.”
“The caracara doesn't only eat carrion but also catches lizards, insects, and other small prey.”
“One of the more descriptive common names for the crested caracara, incidentally, is the quebrantahuesos, literally the bone-smasher!”
“Directly in front of me a caracara bird chases a screaming penguin who scurries into a little hole beneath the tussock, safe.”
“There seem to be, however, a few near endemics such as two geese (Chloephaga hybrida and C. rubiceps), blackish cinclodes (Cinclodes antarcticus), black throated finch (Melanodera melanodera) and striated caracara (Phalcoboenus australis).”
“One of these EBAs, Guadalupe Island, is the native range of the Guadalupe junco (Junco insularis, CR) and the now extinct Guadalupe caracara (Polyborus lutosus) and Guadalupe storm-petrel, the latter last recorded in 1912.”
“I don't think Ushuaia has a metro, but it has a very fine dump for birding -- 3 species of caracara.”
“Three species are of particular concern: Great grebe (Podiceps gallardoi), with few than 5,000 individuals remaining, Ruddy-headed goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps), with a serious decline in population numbers, and Striated caracara (Phalcoboenus australis), whose numbers have declined due to hunting.”
“He knows a forest falcon from a caracara, a hoatzin from a sunbittern, and one species of antshrike from another.”
“Around the next bend in the river we came upon a red caracara perched on a branch.”
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