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Turkey Vulture
(Cathartes aura)
Turkey Vulture
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 is fairly short and hooked.... Read more >
Black Vulture
(Coragyps atratus)
Black Vulture
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 broad wings with large pale... Read more >
California Condor
(Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor
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King Vulture
(Sarcoramphus papa)
King Vulture
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Crested Caracara
(Caracara cheriway)
Crested Caracara
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 color. The tail is banded black... Read more >
Aplomado Falcon
(Falco femoralis)
Aplomado Falcon
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Prairie Falcon
(Falco mexicanus)
Prairie Falcon
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Peregrine Falcon
(Falco peregrinus)
Peregrine Falcon
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American Kestrel
(Falco sparverius)
American Kestrel
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Eurasian Kestrel
(Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Kestrel
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Laughing Falcon
(Herpetotheres cachinnans)
Laughing Falcon
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Northern Goshawk
(Accipiter gentilis)
Northern Goshawk
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 tail is dark gray. The eyes are... Read more >
Golden Eagle
(Aquila chrysaetos)
Golden Eagle
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 the head and body look almost... Read more >
Black-collared Hawk
(Busarellus nigricollis)
Black-collared Hawk
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 reddish bar at the base. The eyes... Read more >
White-tailed Hawk
(Buteo albicaudatus)
White-tailed Hawk
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 larger. Juvenile birds are dark... Read more >
Short-tailed Hawk
(Buteo brachyurus)
Short-tailed Hawk
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 flight feathers are gray with dark... Read more >
Red-tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis)
Red-tailed Hawk
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, often a dark band on the belly,... Read more >
Rough-legged Hawk
(Buteo lagopus)
Rough-legged Hawk
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 light morph has brown back,... Read more >
Red-shouldered Hawk
(Buteo lineatus)
Red-shouldered Hawk
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 near the wing tips that is... Read more >
Gray Hawk
(Buteo nitidus)
Gray Hawk
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 orange, and bill is dark gray.... Read more >
Ferruginous Hawk
(Buteo regalis)
Ferruginous Hawk
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 some reddish brown streaks,... Read more >
Swainson's Hawk
(Buteo swainsoni)
Swainson's Hawk
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 some lighter marking on the... Read more >
Common Black-Hawk
(Buteogallus anthracinus)
Common Black-Hawk
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 similar. Immature birds are dark... Read more >
Great Black-Hawk
(Buteogallus urubitinga)
Great Black-Hawk
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 streaks, buff below with dark... Read more >
Northern Harrier
(Circus cyaneus)
Northern Harrier
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 feet and legs are orange-yellow.... Read more >
Swallow-tailed Kite
(Elanoides forficatus)
Swallow-tailed Kite
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White-tailed Kite
(Elanus leucurus)
White-tailed Kite
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Crane Hawk
(Geranospiza caerulescens)
Crane Hawk
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White-tailed Eagle
(Haliaeetus albicilla)
White-tailed Eagle
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Bald Eagle
(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bald Eagle
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Steller's Sea-Eagle
(Haliaeetus pelagicus)
Steller's Sea-Eagle
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Harpy Eagle
(Harpia harpyja)
Harpy Eagle
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Mississippi Kite
(Ictinia mississippiensis)
Mississippi Kite
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Plumbeous Kite
(Ictinia plumbea)
Plumbeous Kite
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White Hawk
(Leucopternis albicollis)
White Hawk
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Osprey
(Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey
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Harris's Hawk
(Parabuteo unicinctus)
Harris's Hawk
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Ornate Hawk-Eagle
(Spizaetus ornatus)
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
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Black Hawk-Eagle
(Spizaetus tyrannus)
Black Hawk-Eagle
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Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle
(Spizastur melanoleucus)
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle
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