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A scavenger and broad-winged opportunist that often feeds on carrion, the Crested Caracara is widespread in the American tropics. The word caracara comes from a South American Indian name, based on the bird’s call. When seen for the first time, it might look like a bald eagle with a bad hairpiece. To see the strikingly patterned Crested Caracara up close, visit the Brevard Zoo.