The remarkable creatures in Jonathan Meiburg’s book are caracaras in the subfamily Polyborinae (which includes forest falcons) found in the Americas. Exploring the fascinating lives of caracaras, Meiburg’s book takes readers on a journey from the windswept Falkland Islands, across the South American Pampas, to the high Andes, and into the jungles of Guyana. The book is not just about caracaras but delves deeply into paleontology, geology, evolutionary biology, history, and literature as it relates to living creatures including humans in the New World.

When I learned in March 2023 that an upcoming issue of The Journal of Raptor Research (JRR) was to focus on caracaras, I felt compelled to share with fellow raptorphiles and JRR readers a review of the book I so thoroughly enjoyed. I have had the good fortune during my career to have observed five of the nine species of the planet’s caracaras and share W....

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