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Crested Caracara   Caracara cheriway

The Crested Caracara is the only Caracara species found in North America.  It has a continuous year-round distribution from South America and Central America into Texas and Arizona.  There are disjunct populations in Florida and the Caribbean.

In Florida, these birds are found in open grassland habitats.  They are found in the south-central part of the peninsula in a region mainly to the west and north of Lake Okeechobee from southern Orange County to Hendry County.  Their breeding season is from January through March.