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Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
The Turkey Vulture is a large black-brown bird with a bare red head. The flight feathers are gray on the underside. It can soar for long periods, holding its long wings held in a shallow v-shape. The pale colored bill... Read more >
Black Vulture
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
The American Black Vulture is a large glossy black vulture. The head and neck are bare with dark gray wrinkled skin. The legs are pale gray. The feet are flat and not adapted to grasping prey. It is a soaring bird with... Read more >
California Condor
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
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King Vulture
King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
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Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
The Crested Caracara is a large black-brown bird with black crown and crest. The throat and sides of the neck are pale buff color and face has bare red skin. The legs are yellow and the bill is hooked and blue-gray in... Read more >
Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)
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Prairie Falcon
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
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Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
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American Kestrel
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
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Eurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
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Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
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Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
The Northern Goshawk has a blue gray back and pale gray underside, with fine bars on the chest. The top of the head is dark gray and it has a white stripe above the eyes. The wings are broad and rounded, and the long... Read more >
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Golden Eagles are large raptors with long, broad wings. They are mainly dark brown with golden feathers on the head, neck and face. The tail is gray brown. In flight the underside of the wings appear brownish gray, and... Read more >
Black-collared Hawk
Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)
The Black-collared Hawk is a reddish brown hawk with off white head and bold black crescent shaped mark on the upper chest. The back has scattered black stripes. The flight feathers are black. The tail is black with... Read more >
White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)
The White-tailed Hawk has gray head and back, white underside and reddish patch on the shoulder. The tail is white with a black band near the tip. Males and females are similar in appearance, although females are... Read more >
Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)
The Short-tailed Hawk is a small buzzard with broad rounded wings, and broad tail. There are two color morphs - light and dark. The light morph is dark brown above with white face and white underside. The tail and... Read more >
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
The Red-tailed Hawk is a large hawk with broad wings and broad red tail with dark band near the tip. There are light and dark color morphs. The light form has dark brown head, white chest with reddish brown streaks,... Read more >
Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
The Rough-legged Hawk is a large hawk with long broad wings and pale white feathers with dark training wing edges. The tail is white at base with broad dark band at tip. There are light and dark color morphs. The male... Read more >
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
The Red-shouldered Hawk has reddish shoulders and chest and reddish belly with white bars. The wings are dark gray to black. The tail has broad black bands separated by thinner white bands. It has a pale crescent shape... Read more >
Gray Hawk
Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus)
The Grey Hawk has a light gray body. Birds from southern part of range have fine white barring, while birds from northern parts of the range are plain gray above. The tail is black with three white bands. The legs are... Read more >
Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
The Ferruginous Hawk is a large hawk with white or pale gray tail. There are two color morphs - light and dark. The light morph has white and pal gray head, reddish brown back and shoulders , mainly white underside with... Read more >
Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Swainson's Hawk is a medium hawk with brown head and white face, dark chest band, light tail with dark bands. There is alight form with white belly, and a dark form that is mainly brown with white under the tail and... Read more >
Common Black-Hawk
Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)
The Common Black Hawk is a black or dark gray hawk with broad wings. The tail is short and black with a broad white band and a white tail tip. The bill is black. The legs and cere are yellow. Males and females are... Read more >
Great Black-Hawk
Great Black-Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)
The Great Black Hawk is mainly black with short white tail with a broad black tip. The bill is black. The legs and cere are yellow. Males and females are similar. Immature birds are dark brown above with spotting and... Read more >
Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
The Northern Harrier is a medium-sized hawk with long tail and slender, rounded wings. It has a ruff of feathers around face. The bill is dark with blue base and yellow skin at base of bill. The eyes are yellow. The... Read more >
Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
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White-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
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Crane Hawk
Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens)
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White-tailed Eagle
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
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Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
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Steller's Sea-Eagle
Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)
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Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)
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Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
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Plumbeous Kite
Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea)
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White Hawk
White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis)
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Osprey
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
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Harris's Hawk
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus)
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Black Hawk-Eagle
Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus)
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Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (Spizastur melanoleucus)
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