Origin of caracaraSpanish from Tupí, of echoic origin, originally
any of various large New World birds of prey (family Falconidae) that feed mostly on carrion
Any of several large carrion-eating or predatory birds in the family Falconidae, native to South and Central America and the southern United States.
Origin of caracaraSpanishPortuguese caracará both from Tupí caracara
- In a narrow strip along the Gulf there are some Mexican or tropical birds, notably the caracara and two varieties of grackle (Megaquiscalus).
- The carrion hawks are represented by the Polyborus tharus, popularly called the " caracara," and the Phalcobaenus carunculatus; the falcons by the Aesalon columbarius; and the kites by the Gampsonyx swainsoni.