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Raptors

Characteristics of the Different Raptor Families

Hawk Families

Accipiters
  • Have short, broad, rounded wings and long tails, traits useful for speed and maneuvering in forested habitats.

  • The diet of these small to medium-sized raptors consists mostly of other birds and small mammals.

  • There are three species of accipiters found in North America, the northern goshawk, the Cooper’s hawk, and the sharp-shinned hawk.

  • Adult accipiters typically have dark gray backs, barred or streaked breasts and tails, red eyes, and long toes.

  • Immatures typically have brown backs, streaked breasts, and yellow eyes.

  • Their flight pattern includes rapid wing beats alternating with longer glides, and occasionally soaring.

  • They are fierce, stealthy hunters.

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