RAPTORS of The World

Raptors are carnivorous. They hunt by sight during the day, are long lived, and have low reproductive rates. The catch their prey via strong claws three pointing forward and one pointing backward. The raptors that hunt by day are: hawks, eagle, kites, vultures, falcons. Owls hunt by night. Raptors are also called birds of prey.

Order Accipitriformes, family Accipitridae: hawks, eagles, kites, Old World vultures.
Order Accipitriformes, family Cathartidae: New World vultures
Also Accipitriformes: ospreys ( family Pandionidae); secretary bird (family Sagittariidae)
Order Falconiformes, family Falconidae: falcons
Order Strigiformes, family Strigidae: owls


AUSTRALIAN Hawks

Order Accipitriformes    Family Accipitridae


This web page includes species called bazas, buzzards, goshawks, hawks, harriers, sparrowhawks. They are similar to eagles. with eagles averaging larger species. In fact, often the difference between a hawk and a kite is only one of semantics.


Genus Accipiter
The raptors of Accipiter are called hawks, goshawks, and sparrowhawks. These birds are slender with short broad rounded wings and a long tail which helps them maneuver in flight. They have long legs and long sharp talons used to kill their prey, and a sharp hooked bill used in feeding. Females tend to be larger than males. They often ambush their prey, mainly small birds and mammals, capturing it after a short chase. The typical flight pattern is a series of flaps followed by a short glide. They are commonly found in wooded or shrubby areas.

Goshawk, Brown  Accipiter fasciatus  Found: Australia

The Brown Goshawk has gray upperparts with a chestnut collar; mainly rufous underparts with white barring.
Similar to: Collared Sparrowhawk. The Brown Goshawk is similar in color to the Collared Sparrowhawk, but larger.
Image by: 1) Wayne Butterworth - juvenile 2) Aviceda - Kurwongbah, SE Queensland
1) Juvenile


Goshawk, Gray  Accipiter novaehollandiae  Found: Australia
The Gray Goshawk has gray upperparts; pale gray underparts, head. The white morph is entirely white; some call it a White Goshawk.
Image by: 1) David Cook - Queensland, Australia  2) Michael Rosenberg - Queensland   3, 4) Aviceda - SE Queensland  5) Kristi - Tasmania
5) White morph



Goshawk, Gray-headed  Accipiter poliocephalus  Found: New Guinea and adjacent islands
The Gray-headed Goshawk has gray upperparts, paler on the head and neck; white underparts; orange-red cere, legs.
Image by: 1) Jerry Oldenettel - Papua-New Guinea


Goshawk, Meyer's  Accipiter meyerianus  Found: New Guinea
The Meyer's Goshawk has black upperparts; white underparts; red eyes.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans


Sparrowhawk, Collared  Accipiter cirrocephalus  Found: Australasia
The Collared Sparrowhawk has bluish-gray upperparts; chestnut collar; rufous underparts with white barring.
Similar to: Brown Sparrowhawk. The Brown Goshawk is similar in color to the Collared Sparrowhawk, but larger.
Image by: 1) Sunphlo  2) Aviceda - Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia  3) Lip Kee



Genus Aviceda
The bazas, also known as cuckoo-hawks, all have a crest on the head.

Baza, Pacific  Aviceda subcristata     Found: Australasia
The Pacific Baza has brown tinged slate-gray upperparts;  gray head with short crest; gray upper-breast; whitish lower breast and belly with dark bars.
Image by: 1) Aviceda - SE Queensland, Austalia  2) Stephan Barnett  3) Adrian Wiggins  4) Lip Kee Yap - Wulagi, Darwin, NT, AU
3) Stuffed



Genus Circus
Harriers characteristically hunt by flying low over open ground such as grassland or marshes, feeding on small mammals, reptiles, or birds. The name Circus refers to the circling movements female and male make when courting. Males and females have distinct plumage.

Harrier, Eastern Marsh-  Circus spilonotus  Found: eastern Asia, New Guinea
The Eastern Marsh-Harrier  has blackish (male) or dark brown (female) upperparts. Female has buff streaking on head and underparts. Male has mostly white underparts.
Image by: 1, 4) Andy Li   2, 4)  Frankie Chu  
1) Female 2, 3) Male


Harrier, Spotted  Circus assimilis  Found: Australia
The Spotted Harrier has bue-gray upperparts; chestnut underparts with white spots; barred tail; black tipped flight feathers.
Image by:  1) Phil Skeggs  2) Tom Tarrant  3) Ron Knight - South Australia  4) Ms Voren  5) David Cook - Queensland



Harrier, Swamp  Circus approximans  Found: Australasia
The Swamp Harrier has dark brown upperparts (becoming lighter with age); off-white to buff underparts with brown streks; white rump
Image by: 1) Richard Mowll - New Zealand  2) Dave Young   3, 4) Wayne Butterworth



Genus Megatriorchis - 1 Species

Goshawk, Doria's Megatriorchis doriae Found: New Guinea
Image by: markaharper1








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