Raptors

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Northern Harrier

170 Northern Harrier

A hawk that specializes on open wetlands and ranges through out North America. Nesting is concentrated in the northern latitudes while migrants are commonly seen in southern marshes.

Kestrel

171 American Kestrel

A small, almost song bird sized, falcon that lives year round through much of the US and moves north to breeds through out Canada. Kestrels like open habitat including spaces modified by human habitat and agricultural activities. However, their populations are declining possibly because of pesticides impacting ether prey and the lose of dead standing trees with cavities they need to nest in.

Merlin

171B Merlin

A small falcon that that breeds mostly in Canada and the northwestern US. As a migrant they can be seen in all regions of the United States though they are not a common bird.

Aplomado Falcon

171C Aplomado Falcon

This bird once inhabited a larger range including scrub and prairie habitat of the southern midwest. With eforts to reintroduce the population to the US one may now see breeding individuals at Laguna Atascosa NWR in Southern Texas.

Peregrine

171D Peregrine

More common in western North America though they are making a come back in the east. Northern birds also use the east coast as a migration corridor.

Gyrfalcon

171E Gyrfalcon (White Morph)

A beautiful falcon of the arctic summer. They spread further south in winter, and like the snowy owl, may occasionally be seen in southern Canada and the northern US.

Caracara

172 Crested Caracara

Mostly a tropical falcon with vulture like habits. Their range extends Mexico into southern Florida and South Central Texas.

Turkey Vulture

173 Turkey Vulture

This is the more common of two species of vultures. They are a common sight all over US and southern Canada.

Califoprnia Condor

174 California Condor

Endangered and once reduced to 22 captive birds the species has been re-introduced to southern California, Arizona and parts of the Baja Peninsula. They fly over large areas to find food and nest and roost of cliffs.

Bald

175 Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles have come back since there decline in the recent past.

Golden eagle

176 Golden Eagle

Mostly a bird of the west and far north but migration and winter ranges bring them into the eastern US. They thrive on open grassland and are less associated with lakes and rivers than is the Bald Eagle. This design is an update of our original Fall 2009 design.

red-tailed Hawk

177 Red-tailed Hawk

These hawks live everywhere on the continent, in almost all kinds of open habitat where they can find their prey. Suitable habit is widespread from prairie, meadows and open woodland to city parks and spaciously treed boulevards. They nest far up into Canada and most birds in the US stay around their home territory throughout the winter.

Cooper's hawk

178 Cooper's Hawk

This hawk summers through out the temperate climate zonea were it finds forests, both wild and suburbs/small towns with lots of trees. With a great deal of overlap in their summer vs winter ranges they may be seen in much of North America year round. Comfortable in human habitat the species is al member of the backyard wildlife community.

Osprey

179 Osprey

An iconic year round resident of Florida. In addition, osprey are known to nest along the eastern coastal estuaries, the northwest and through out Canada with its abundant lakes and waterways. Osprey use inland lakes and water ways as well and have expanded their range sporadically to most of the interior states as well.

Swallow-tailed Kite

180 Swallow-tailed Kite

The South East coastal region, and the Florida Peninsula especially, is the only North American location where these raptors are common. They like tree lined water ways and fields for hunting large insects on the wing.

Great Horned Owl

181A Great Horned Owl

A favorite amoung the large owls for a good reason: they live in a variety of habitats though out North America.

Snowy Owl

181B Snowy Owl

An Arctic breeder. In winter many individuals move further south to the border states and even further in eruption years.

Saw-whet Owl

182 Saw-whet Owl

Nest in woodlands of Northern States and Canada. Their breeding range does extended south along mountain ranges.

Burrowing Owl

182B Burrowing Owl

A peculiar species of owl native to Southwestern grassland and desert region. They roost in underground burrows and spend much of their life on the ground hunting with their long legs, although they are capable of flight.

Barn owl

183A Barn Owl

These owls are widespread though out the United State except the very north and Canada. They also do not utilize mountain ranges. They will choose to hunt in a variety of types of open spaces.

Barred Owl

183B Barred Owl

Live in mature forest primarily in the east and especially south east swamps and wet forests.

Spotted Owl

183 Spotted Owl

A similar species to the Barred Owl in appearance, they are much more specialized in their required habitat. Spotted owls distribution is limited to dense undisturbed old-growth forests of the west. They are threatened due to habitat destruction and from competition with Barred Owls who are expanding their own distribution in some parts of the west.

Screech Owl

184A Screech Owl (gray)

Western and Eastern Gray Screech Owl are two species very similar in appearance. We use the same design for both though in the real world their ranges are divided by the open country of the great plains and the Rocky Mountains. Both live in a variety of woodland habitat including towns and urban areas with plenty of trees. Together these small gray owls live in all states of the lower US but less frequent in alpine and great plains. The western species extends north through British Columbia.

Screech Owl

184B Screech Owl (Red)

The Eastern Screech Owl has two color phases. The red phase is more common in the eastern parts of its range.