Examples of Raptors or Birds of Prey (including bird calls)

Soaring eagle* Eagles tend to be large birds with long, broad wings and massive feet. Booted eagles have legs and feet feathered to the toes and build very large stick nests. Listen to an eagle.



A kite on a branch * Kites have long wings and relatively weak legs. They spend much of their time soaring. They will take live animal prey but mostly feed on insects or even carrion (the decaying flesh of dead animals). Listen to a kite.



A red-tailed hawk* The true hawks are medium-sized birds of prey that usually belong to the genus Accipiter. They are mainly woodland birds that hunt by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. They usually have long tails for tight steering. Listen to a red-shouldered hawk that Andrew handled.



A common buzzard * Buzzards are raptors with robust bodies and broad wings, or, alternatively, any bird of the genus Buteo (also commonly known as Hawks in North America). Listen to quick buzzard call.



A northern harrier bird * Harriers are large, slender hawk-like birds with long tails and long thin legs. Most hunt small vertebrates with a combination of keen eyesight and hearing, gliding and circling low over grasslands and marshes on their long, broad wings. Listen to a female harrier singing.



Beared vulture close-up* Vultures are carrion-eating raptors of two distinct biological families, each occurring in only the Eastern Hemisphere (Accipitridae) or the Western (Cathartidae). Members of both groups have heads either partly or fully denuded of feathers. Listen to a vulture.



A northern aplomado falcon* Falcons are small-to-medium-sized birds of prey with long pointed wings. Unlike most other raptors, they belong to the Falconidae rather than the Accipitridae class. Many are particularly swift flyers. Instead of building their own nests, falcons appropriate old nests of other birds but sometimes lay their eggs on cliff ledges or in tree hollows. Listen to a collared forest falcon.



An osprey in flight*Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), also known colloquially as sea hawk, fish hawk or fish eagle, are a fish-eating bird of prey. A medium-sized raptor, reaching 24 inches in length with a 6-foot wingspan, it tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. Listen to the call of an osprey.



A northern saw-whet owl* Owls are variable-sized nocturnal hunting birds. Most common to the raptor collection, owls of all types fly soundlessly and have very acute senses of hearing and sight. Listen to three hoots of an owl in the woods.