NESTING/REPRODUCTION

 

As with most raptors, a Caracara will stay with the same mate throughout its life. Courtship activities begin in the winter months with aerial displays and vocalizations. A pair of Caracaras will build its bulky stick nest in tall or short trees, cacti, palms, on rock ledges or even on the ground. Two, three, or four eggs may be laid, and incubation, by both parents, lasts for approximately 28 days with the egg shells being buff and reddish in color. The young are raised by both parents and fed bits of fresh meat in typical falcon manner and not by regurgitation as in vultures. Young Caracaras are thought to stay in the nest for up to three months prior to fledging and remain with the parents throughout the first year.

 

Picture taken from "Texas Parks and Wildlife", Sept. 28 pages 8-11.

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