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RAPTORS OF THE REGION

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The name "raptor" comes from the Latin word raptores which means "thief".

Three unrelated orders of birds are commonly referred to as raptors - the vultures; the hawks, eagles, and falcons; and the owls - raptors are strictly carnivores. Vultures don't kill their prey, but eat carrion. Hawks and owls have hooked bills, and strong, sharp talons. Vultures and hawks are limited to hunting during the daylight hours; and most owls hunt at night and rest during the day.

2 species of vultures, 13 species of hawks and eagles, 4 species of falcons, and 10 species of owls live in the diverse habitats of Kern County.

Photographs courtesy of Alison Sheehey Nature Ali. All rights reserved.

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Turkey Vulture - a member of the stork family  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved

Turkey Vulture     Cathartes aura

California Condor one of the rarest species in the world  Alison Sheehey

California Condor    Gymnogyps californianus  

Osprey - a true raptor also known as the fish eagle  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Osprey     Pandion haliaetus

22-25 in. (56-64 cm)

54-72 in. (137-183 cm)

The fish eagle spends many hours scouring the rivers and lakes of Kern County. It winters in the valley and is found year-round on Isabella Reservoir. Unlike the Bald Eagle, the Osprey's diet consists entirely of fish.

It builds a stick nest near or over water, and rears 1-4 young each year. In the 60's and 70's, this was one of the species that was most affected by DDT contamination that thinned the eggshells.

White-tailed Kite - formerly called Black-shouldered Kite  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved White-tailed Kite     Elanus leucurus
Bald Eagle - the national bird of the United States of America  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Bald Eagle     Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern Harrier - a marsh hunting raptor  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Northern Harrier     Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk - a winter resident accipiter  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Sharp-shinned Hawk     Accipiter striatus
Cooper's Hawk - a resident accipiter  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Cooper's Hawk     Accipiter cooperii
Northern Goshwawks are rare and nest in Kern County's mountains  Alison Sheehey Northern Goshawk     Accipiter gentilis
Red-shouldered Hawk - a resident buteo that nests in riparian habitat  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Red-shouldered Hawk     Buteo lineatus
Swainson's Hawk - a threatened species found in California during summer  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved

Swainson's Hawk     Buteo swainsoni

Red-tailed Hawk - by far the most numerous hawk in California  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Red-tailed Hawk     Buteo jamaicensis
Ferruginous Hawk - a winter visitor to California  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Ferruginous Hawk     Buteo regalis
Roug-legged Hawk - a winter visitor to California  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Rough-legged Hawk     Buteo lagopus
Golden Eagle - a resident to California that nests in the foothills and mountains.  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Golden Eagle     Aquila chrysaetos
American Kestrel - the smallest falcon in the world  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved American Kestrel     Falco sparverius
Merlin - a rare winter resident in the central valley  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Merlin     Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon - recently recovered from near extinction  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Peregrine Falcon     Falco peregrinus
Prairie Falcon - a resident of grasslands  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Prairie Falcon     Falco mexicanus
Barn Owl - neatly dressed in snow white underneath this owl is mistakenly called the snowy owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Barn Owl     Tyto alba
Flammulated Owll  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Flammulated Owl     Otus flammeolus
Western Screech Owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Western Screech-Owl     Megascops kennicottii
Great Horned Owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Great Horned Owl     Bubo virginianus
Northern Pygmy Owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Northern Pygmy-Owl     Glaucidium gnoma
Burrowing Owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Burrowing Owl     Athene cunicularia
California Spotted Owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Spotted Owl     Strix occidentalis
Long-eared Owl  Alison Sheehey - Nature Ali.org. All rights reserved Long-eared Owl     Asio otus
Short-eared Owl hides in shrublands  Alison Sheehey Short-eared Owl     Asio flammeus
  Northern Saw-whet Owl     Aegolius acadicus

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