Bird Behavior – Caracara Head Throw

Crested Caracara photo by Scott Bourne

This is a Northern crested caracara (Caracara cheriway) doing what is known as a “head throw back” display. The bird tends to make a cackling sound when it does this move. Sometimes it’s a display in courtship, still others it’s one of dominance or even to notate that the bird is feeling its oats. ⁣
⁣A second thing to note is the bird’s craw (or crop) which is full and is bulging out of his feathers. You can see the stretched yellow skin.⁣

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Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional bird/wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He is a pioneer in digital photography and was named one of the “30 most influential photographers on the Web” by Huffington Post. His photographic experience spans four decades and his bird/wildlife images have been published in more than 200 magazines and periodicals. He is also a Signed Master at Studio of Masters in China.

Scott has been a founder, co-founder, advisor or early stage investor in several technology companies such as NetRadio, Photofocus, and ViewBug.

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