Birds of America

Have you really seen the birds that are around you? If not I encourage you to look closer.

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Hunting Birds

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Raptors or Birds of Prey

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl is cleaning its talons.
Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kites are slender and agile, catching insects and dragonflies while both in flight.

Birds of Prey, also known as raptors, eat meat only. Their diet includes rodents, amphibians, fish, mammals, reptiles, insects, and other birds.

Other than that, they share three other characteristics. Including:

  • Sharp eyesight
  • Strong, sharp talons
  • Strongly hooked beak

This bird group includes hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, and falcons. Worldwide, there are approximately 560 species of raptors. Thirty-five (35) of those are in North America.

Raptors have large eyes, and depending on the species, the eyes can take up to a quarter to almost three-quarters of the bird's skull.

They can see a greater distance than humans. Hence the phrase "eagle-eyed."

While birds of prey cannot move their eyes around like humans, they have a better trick. Instead, they have extra bones in their necks, allowing them to move their whole head around. Owls and some other raptors can turn their heads 270 degrees.

Gray Hawk

Gray Hawks eat mainly a variety of lizards. Their range is over Arizona, which has one of the country's highest areas of lizard diversity.

Red-shouldered Hawk in flight

Red-shouldered Hawk. You are advised not to stand under a nest. Five days after a chick is hatched, it is powerful enough to project its poop out and over the upper lip of the nest. So, to say it another way, look on the ground to see if a nest is active.

Raptors' talons are very sharp. Each foot has four talons. A talon has two components: the bone that is covered by a sheath made of the same material as your nails: keratin. Talons are designed to grab and carry things. Raptors use talons to capture, subdue, and kill their prey. They are used to holding their catch on tree limbs as they use their beaks to tear the meat into bite-size pieces.

The Peregrine Falcon, not pictured here, is the world's most widely distributed bird of prey. This raptor is also the fastest animal in the world, diving at speeds over 200 miles per hour. It kills its prey in the air by closing its talons and ramming it into the prey, knocking it out of the sky.

Like the talons raptors beaks are bone covered by keratin. Raptors beaks are curved that end in a sharp point. This allows the bird to bite, tear, and sometimes kill their prey. The beak's structure is also supported by strong jaws.

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle on the edge of Yellowstone's Madison River. I was personally treated to this Golden Eagle AND the American Bald Eagle on the ground at the same spot one evening, only together for a few seconds. But both were there, and they both came down to the river edge to get a drink of water after eating some carrion on the small island.

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