Yellow headed caracaras, Milvago chimachima, are one of several species of caracara. They are often seen in the wild alongside larger animals, for example like the tapir above, or other mammals such as capybara or cattle. The reason for this is because they have mutually beneficial relationship; the caracaras will eat ticks and other parasites on the larger species, therefore gaining easy meals as the mammals earn free parasite removal.
They species shares the Family Falconidae with kestrels, hobbys and falcons, although they are very visually different to their Family counterparts. Caracaras do not have the sleek, fast flying abilities like falcons, rather they seem visually closer to larger, slow flying raptors such as common buzzards. This means they will generally scavenge rather than actively hunt.
As with many raptors, there is no noticeable sexual dimorphism with the exception of a size difference; the females are generally larger.
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