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Birds of Prey


Edge-Water Birds



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Hawks, like Eagles, Falcons, Osprey, and Owls, are birds of prey.

Northern Harrier

(Circus Hudsonius)
Medium-sized hawk with long tail and thin wings. Flies with wings held in a V-shape, low over open fields and marshes, listening for rodents lurking below. Distinctive foraging behavior and conspicuous white patch on rump in all plumage's. Females and immature s are warm brown. Adult males gray above and whitish below with black wingtips.

Northern Harrier (Circus Hudsonius) - © Ken Czworka

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

(Accipiter striatus)

Sharp-Shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) - © David Malak

Coopers Hawk

(Accipiter cooperii)

Northern Goshawk

(Accipiter gentilis)

Red-Shouldered Hawk

(Buteo lineatus)

Broad-Winged Hawk

(Buteo platypterus)

Red-Tailed Hawk

(Buteo jamaicensis)
Most common roadside raptor across much of North America. Often perches atop telephone poles, light posts, and edges of trees. Incredible variation in plumage's, including less common dark morphs and various regional differences. Eastern adults have brilliant reddish-orange tail and pale underparts with obvious band of dark marks across belly. Western birds are typically darker. Immature s do not have a red tail.

Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - © Ken Czworka
Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - © David Malak

Rough-Legged Hawk

(Buteo lagopus)

Sharp-Shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) - © David Malak
Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) - © David Malak
Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - © David Malak