nobilis) The largest member of its family, an
adult goshawk is almost 2 feet long (including
the tail), has a wingspan of almost 4 feet, and
weighs about 3 pounds. Known for being a
relentless pursuer of prey, the goshawk has a long
history with nobility through its use in
Eagle (Aquila chrysactos)
One of the largest birds
of prey in North America, the golden eagle is up
to 36 inches long, has a wingspan of up to 8
feet, and weighs up to 15 pounds, with females
being significantly larger than males.
Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
This is one of the most colorful members of the
hawk family, with dark brown head, eyes and
underparts, a chesnut-colored band across the
chest, white throat, and pale belly. It also has
the longest migration of any North American hawk,
with flocks from the northern reaches of the
breeding range traveling about 14,000 miles
one-way to their wintering grounds.
Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is one of the most widespread raptors
of the world, found on every continent except
Antarctica, and on many oceanic islands. It is
found in a wide variety of habitats, including
tropics, deserts, maritime, and tundra, from sea
level to 12,000 feet.
leucocephalus) is one of the most easily recognized
birds, with its bright white head and tail. The
term "bald" does not refer to the eagle
appearing "hairless," the word actually
once meant "white." It has been the
national bird of the United States since 1782.
|Black Kite (Milvus
Despite its name, the black kite is mostly brown
in color, with the back typically much darker
than the front. This species is recognized for
the yellow skin located on the top of the beak
near the nostrils.
Kite (Rostrhamus sociablis)
gets its name from its
primary food source -- snails. It will also eat
fresh water crabs, turtles, and small rodents if
snails are not available.