ca·​ra·​ca·​ra ˌker-ə-ˈker-ə How to pronounce caracara (audio)
ˌker-ə-kə-ˈrä How to pronounce caracara (audio)
: any of various large long-legged hawks found from the southern U.S. to South America that are classified with the falcons

Examples of caracara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within minutes, the wild striated caracaras noticed and began inspecting the puzzle boxes. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 In the summer months, caracaras can feed on seabird colonies. Darren Incorvaia, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Curiosity and ingenuity could help a hungry caracara find a meal in lean times. Darren Incorvaia, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The striking similarities in behaviors between the two species made the scientists wonder whether striated caracaras might be capable of solving puzzle boxes to obtain a food reward as Goffin’s cockatoos can do. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The researchers are not the first to wonder about striated caracaras’ intelligence. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Nov. 2023 Scientists tested 15 striated caracaras that had no prior training on the puzzle box. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Nov. 2023 With the caracaras, Ms. Harrington had the opposite problem. Darren Incorvaia, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 That is a book about the caracara, which is a very intelligent bird. Amy Sutherland,, 8 June 2023

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Word History


Spanish caracara & Portuguese caracará, from Tupi karakará

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caracara was in 1838

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“Caracara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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