Friday, February 25, 2011


My friend Georgia Little Pea Ratatouille, from Sydney, Australia, had the kindness to give to Leaves of Grass, The Stylish Blogger Award. Thank you so much dear Georgia!


A Crested Caracara seeing walking around on the ground looking for food, around my neighborhood. It mainly feeds on carcasses of dead animals, but will steal food from other raptors, raid bird nests, and take live prey if the possibility arises, mostly insects or other small prey.

Um Gavião Carcará caçando perto de casa. Ele não é um predador especializado e sim um generalista e oportunista, alimentando-se de insetos, anfíbios, roedores e quaisquer outras presas fáceis e pequenas. Ele passa muito tempo no chão, ajudado pelas suas longas patas adaptadas à marcha, mas é também um excelente voador e planador.

The Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus), also known as the Southern Crested Caracara, is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It formerly included the Northern Caracara (C. cheriway) of the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and northern South America, and the extinct Guadalupe Caracara (C. lutosa) as subspecies. As presently defined, the Southern Caracara is restricted to central and southern South America.

O Carcará, por vezes chamado de Carancho e Gavião Caracará, é um falconídeo. Sua envergadura chega a 123cm e o comprimento varia entre 50 e 60cm. Seu nome científico é Polyborus plancus ou Caracara cheriway; a subespécie brasileira é P. p. brasiliensis. É tido como ave tipicamente brasileira, tanto que Audubon o chamava, no século XIX, de águia-brasileira. No entanto, possui uma distribuição geográfica ampla, que vai da Argentina até o sul dos Estados Unidos, ocupando toda uma variedade de ecossistemas, fora a cordilheira dos Andes.

Photos taken by Carlos A. Mascaro


  1. We have turkey vultures here in Virginia. Big ugly things and they are usually seen along the roadways eating any dead animals that may have been struck by a car. Not an attractive bird.


  2. Sonia,
    what a wonderful bird of prey.
    Thank you for sharing the picture and information.
    - Cheers Gisela.

  3. An unusual bird and one I have not heard of before. Thanks for the info. Neat photos Sonia. It's always great to see other country's fauna and flora.

  4. Cara Sonia,
    felicitações a Carlos pelas imagens. Gostei, muito especialmente, da primeira.

  5. Sonia, you've photographed the bird very well. Beautiful images, in the third photo he has such a nice expression!
    Have a pleasant weekend!

  6. Making a meal dead animals by the side of the road may not be a very nice idea, but someone's got to do the job of cleaning up the countryside.
    Good pictures of an unusual bird.

  7. That bird almost looks tame, walking around like that. Another interesting visitor to your massive "backyard".

    Hope you're having an excellent weekend, Sonia. Thanks for your email. I think I've found the answer. Not 100% but 98% sure!

  8. Pawesome pictures of the birdy!
    And great info about them!
    Happy Weekend!
    Kisses and hugs

  9. Sonia!

    Belo carcará! Primeira ves que vejo esta ave.

    Finalmente de volta depois de 42 dias sem telefone.
    Obrigada pela visita.
    Bom estar de volta para ver os blogs dos amigos.

  10. Just like one of the comments above...turkey vulture- came to mind! Not the prettiest, but certainly a needed bird when you think of it!

  11. Thanks for sharing your photos of this large bird with us. He's so unusual to me. I've never seen one!

  12. He looks a little bit scary!

    That beak looks like it could do some damage!

    I must admit I have never seen one before either - I haven't even heard about it.

  13. What a handsome stately fellow he is! Those are wonderful pictures. Sonia....He is pretty special, isn't he?

    It is always wonderful when you visit my blog, especially these days...Thank you my dear, for your very kind and caring words...! They mean a lot to me.

  14. oi sonia! i've just given you a Stylish Blogger Award. hehe. don't know how you feel about blog awards, but it'd be great if you dropped by to pick it up :) beijos xox

  15. This is such a clever idea! I hope you don't mind but I think I may have to steal *ahem* BORROW it, if ever there's a next time!

    Thank you and have a lovely day. It's already starting to get chilly here. Summer gone for another year :) xox

  16. oh you've cought the bird in flight too. Wonderful. Great clarity in your pictures Sonia. Here in India similar raptors hunt snakes too. Thanks for valuable information. i have never seen this bird.

    Hope you are doing fine Sonia.

  17. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful bird. We saw a pair of caracaras at our local wildlife sanctuary recently - they had been taken away because it is illegal for people to keep them as pets here. (I'm sure it is the same there?) They were very beautiful and very smart looking birds.

  18. Congratulations on your award! It is much deserved. ;-) I think this is a very interesting-looking bird. Long wings!



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