Blog Archive: Birds of Prey

Birdorable Sharp-shinned Hawk

Coop v Sharpie

May 30th, 2012 in New Designs, Birds of Prey, Hawks 2 comments

Birders know that Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks look alike. These two species share many of the same field marks, and can often be found in the same habitat, behaving the same way. However, they don't often appear in the exact same place at the same time. That's what makes a series of photos posted earlier this month on the Cornell FeederWatch blog truly remarkable. A staff member observed and photographed a Sharpie mobbing a Cooper's Hawk, and the results were pretty amazing: Sharp-shinned Hawk Versus Cooper’s Hawk. When you've just got one bird to identify, there are few key points to consider when trying to determine whether your bird is a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Cooper's Hawk versus Sharp-shinned Hawk ID tips

Size, head shape, and body proportions are among the important attributes to keep in mind in this identification challenge. This cute original design featuring a Birdorable Cooper's Hawk next to a Birdorable Sharp-shinned Hawk points out these tips and more. This new design is available on t-shirts and novelties for your accipter-studying convenience.

Cooper's Hawk versus Sharp-shinned Hawk merchandise
Birdorable Roadside Hawk

Bonanza Bird #17: Roadside Hawk

December 4th, 2011 in Birds of Prey, Birdorable Bonanza 2011 4 comments
Birdorable Roadside Hawk

Just two more days -- we've almost reached the end of Birdorable Bonanza 2011. Today's new bird species is the Roadside Hawk!

GAVIÃO-CARIJÓ ( Rupornis magnirostris )
GAVIÃO-CARIJÓ ( Rupornis magnirostris ) by Dario Sanches

The Roadside Hawk is the smallest species of Buteo, a family that also includes Red-tailed Hawks and Broad-winged Hawks. Roadside Hawks are found throughout parts of Central and South America. Despite their urban-sounding name, they are highly adaptive and can be found nesting in a wide variety of habitats.

Birdorable Roadside Hawk Product Samples

Tomorrow's bird has a large red crest and lives in North America. Can you guess what it will be?

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Birdorable Northern Goshawk

Bonanza Bird #9: Northern Goshawk

November 26th, 2011 in Birds of Prey, Birdorable Bonanza 2011 2 comments
Birdorable Northern Goshawk

Today’s bird, and the 9th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Northern Goshawk!

Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk by dracobotanicus

Northern Goshawks are large Accipter birds of prey that live across parts of the northern hemisphere. They are secretive birds proficient at hunting and known for their fierce defense of nest and territory. Idaho biologist Rob Miller is studying Northern Goshawks as he persues a masters degree in Raptor Biology. Follow his blog to learn more about this fascinating species. Read his study abstract and then pay attention this coming spring for the new field season to begin!

Northern Goshawk Products

Tomorrow bird is a goose with pink feet. Can you guess what it will be?

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Birdorable Cinereous Vulture

Bonanza Bird #3: Cinereous Vulture

Birdorable Cinereous Vulture

For 19 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2011. We're counting up to revealing our 350th species! Today's bird is the Cinereous Vulture.


Cinereous Vulture from tombothetominator

Cinereous Vultures are huge birds of prey that range through parts of Europe and Asia. They are also known as Black Vultures (no relation to the American Black Vulture) or Monk Vultures. In their south European range, they are in trouble. Poisoning is a major problem facing these and other vulture species, but habitat loss and food scarcity are also detrimental to the survival of the species. Researchers from the Denver Zoo conducted a study which revealed that Cinereous Vultures use a huge range of territory. Birds tagged with wing markers similar to those used on California Condors were found 1200 miles from their point of origin. While the birds were tagged by scientists, follow-up data provided by keen-eyed birdwatchers helped to complete the study, which is on-going.

Birdorable Cinereous Vulture gifts

Tomorrow's bird is an Australian parrot that is named after a number.

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Birdorable Common Kestrel

Baby Birdorable: Common Kestrel

October 1st, 2010 in Birds of Prey, Baby Birds 2 comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Common Kestrel. Common Kestrels do not build their own nests. Instead, they use old crow nests or cavities, which means they will use nest boxes, if provided. Three to six eggs are laid and incubation lasts 27 to 29 days. Fledging occurs about four weeks after hatching.

Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus,Torenvalk
Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus,Torenvalk by Jaap Keller
Four young, shy chicks!
Four young, shy chicks! by naezmi
Kestrel Chicks
Kestrel Chicks by Monica & Tony
Fledgling Kestrels 1
Fledgling Kestrels 1 by JJArcher

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Common Kestrel t-shirts & gifts!

Birdorable Secretary Bird

Bonanza Bird #18: The Secretary Bird

Birdorable Secretary Bird

For 18 days we've been adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. We saved a very special bird for the final bird of our bonanza. Today's bird is the Birdorable Secretary Bird! Secretary Birds are large birds of prey native to sub-Saharan Africa. They have atypically long legs for a bird of prey, standing a whopping four feet high. Their distinctive look also includes their long scraggly head crest, featherless red faces and extremely long tails. They are like big crested eagles standing on towering crane legs! Wow!

Secretary Birds - Masai Mara National Reserve
Secretary Birds by vanbikkel

Three boys in South Africa made the news last week in a wildlife rescue story involving a Secretary Bird. The boys were alerted that another group of youths was stoning a Secretary Bird on their block. The hero boys grabbed the bird by the feet (good idea - those talons are dangerous!) and body and brought it back home. Wildlife experts were called in to care for the rescued bird, which is expected to be released back into the wild after rehabilitation.

Birdorable Secretary Bird Kids Sweatshirt Birdorable Secretary Bird Travel Mug
Birdorable Secretary Bird
Kids Sweatshirt
Birdorable Secretary Bird
Travel Mug