Presentation on theme: "Raptors of Virginia. Vultures The carrion eaters."— Presentation transcript:
Raptors of Virginia
Vultures The carrion eaters
Black Vulture Black head, White outer wing patches, Short tail White wing patch on outer wings
Turkey Vulture Red head, Flies with wings held in a V, Trailing edge of wing is white. Long tail Trailing edge is white
Buteos Large conspicuous soaring hawks. Broad wings and broad, fanned tails. Often hunt from a perch in a dead snag or from power poles.
Red-tailed Hawk Red tail on adult. Large. Dark patagial marks on forewing. Immature birds usually have a dark belly band. Dark Patagials Belly Band
Red-shouldered Hawk Black and white wing bars, Black and white tail, Red shoulders, Reddish breast. Screams a lot especially during spring and summer. Two or more thin black and white bands Red shoulder
Broad-winged Hawk Two wide black tail bands, Grayish brown chin and bib. Grayish brown bars on chest. Small, Prefers mature woodlands with streams and seeps. One broad dark band and one white band in tail
Rough-legged Hawk Artic Visitor. Dark solid belly band, dark wrist panels, Dark sub-terminal band in tail. Legs fully feathered. Courses over fields for mice.
Accipiters The secretive woodland hawks.
Sharp-shinned Hawk Small. Rounded head. Squared tail with barring. “Bug eyed” Head behind wing wrists in a glide.
Cooper’s Hawk Common but secretive. Round tail. Squared-off head. Head beyond wings.
Northern Goshawk A large gray and white hawk. White eyebrow stripe White eyebrow.
Falcons Fast bird eating raptors. They have pointed wings, Dark eyes with a malar stripe. Toothed beak. Long bird catching toes.
Kestrel Smallest falcon. Hunts mice from telephone wires. Often “pump” its tail when perched