The northern crested caracara is a bird of prey in the falcon family (Falconidae), but unlike the Falco falcons in the same family, caracaras are not fast-flying aerial hunters. They are rather sluggish and generally carnivorous scavengers. While they do hunt live prey, it is typically immobile, injured or young. Prey can include small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, shellfish, crabs, insects, earthworms, and young birds.

The crested caracara is found throughout south-central Florida, and also occurs in Arkansas, Texas, Mexico, Cuba, and Panama. The Florida population is listed as threatened.

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