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Raptors

Characteristics of the Different Raptor Families

Hawk Families

Hawks is a general term used to describe the entire group of diurnal raptors. Worldwide there are over 200 species of meat-eating birds that comprise the order Falconiformes, the scientific name for hawks. Some hawk species undertake long migration journeys, traveling thousands of miles each year - a testimony to their strength and stamina. They all have excellent hearing and eyesight. Their vision can be as high as eight times greater than that of humans. Hawk-like birds typically breed in early spring. Many species will pair for life, but will take a new mate if the other dies. Some species pairs remain together year round, while others may separate after the breeding season and repair the next year.

Eagles
Large bodied raptors, mostly dark brown in color with ...

Harriers
There are 10 species of harriers worldwide; only one ...

Osprey
A large eagle-like raptor that lives and nests near ...

Accipiters
Have short, broad, rounded wings and long tails, ...

Falcons
A group of hawks that vary in size from small to ...

Buteos
These are medium to large, stout bodied hawks, ...

Kites
Medium-sized raptors which have falcon-like flight ...


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