Up to 26 inches
Up to 52 inches
Larue: Hatched in 2019, Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
Crested Caracaras are native to Southwestern US down through South America
Perhaps one of the most beloved of the Avian Behavior feathered ambassador crew, Larue is well known for his distinct character, vocalizations, and sensitive temperament. Many Larue fans have never even heard of a caracara upon following his antics on social media. Larue helps tell the stories of biodiversity as well, as many species of caracara are largely unstudied. He endears us to the many ways birds interact with their environment, and how many challenges of the birds we don’t know much about are important to understand before it’s too late.
Likes: Toy lizards, baths, and long walks on the hillside
Dislikes: Different textured ground
Caracaras are largely scavengers and show up to carcasses alongside vultures. They will hunt in some cases for small mammals and reptiles. There are 10 species of Caracara, one of which specializes in eating wasps.
The name caracara is onomatopoeiatic, coming from the term onomatopoeia. This means they are named after the way their calls sound (to scientists, we guess! ). Chickadees are also onomatopoeiatic names, meaning their calls sound like the bird is famously saying “chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee.”