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Godiva - Crested Caracara

Godiva was found running around on the ground injured in 2001 and was rescued on horseback and brought to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. She was found to have a fractured wrist and severe eye trauma, making her unable to be released. Crested Caracaras are native to Florida, Texas, Mexico and South America. Caracaras are opportunistic feeders and can be seen on the side of the road eating carrion. They will also dig up grubs with their feet or find easy prey such as young birds or mammals.
 
 
 
 
 

Tex - Crested Caracara
 

Tex was admitted to the Center in 2011 as an immature bird with neurological issues affecting his wings and legs. These neurological problems prevent him from hunting and also result in his prominent “Cowboy Swagger”. Crested Caracaras are native to Florida, Texas, Mexico and South America. In Florida Caracaras are threatened and therefore protected under the Endangered and Threatened Species Act.
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