Caracara cheriway, Caracara Quebrantahuesos (Spanish), Mexican eagle
Coupling? Or practice? Although I did not capture the entire sequence, I say it’s practice since the female tail feathers appeared lowered the entire time I observed. However, note the position of the female’s right foot and her expressions, more or less, through the practice session. You can reach your own conclusions. Yes, I can anthropomorphize too.
Appropriately named and pictured below, a head throw-back display can be used to warn intruders, claim territory including mating opportunities, and claim food. It is accompanied by a rattling call.
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Also called the Mexican Eagle, the Crested Caracara, a falcon, is a permanent resident in the Yucatan. Its range includes limited areas in the US, such as Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Arizona and also Baja. The range continues south through Middle America to Tierra del Fuego, South America. Some references specify several subspecies or others specify none.
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Jarrod Swackhamer, XC520166. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/520166
Sal a Pajarear Yucatán, Bird & Reserves of the Yucatan Peninsula, A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and North Central America
Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired,” photographer and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 56 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her monthly column features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and also wildlife beyond the Yucatan.
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