New England Birds of Prey


Snowy Owl

Learn interesting facts about New England birds of prey, also known as raptors.
Find photos, sounds, range information, and identification tips for each bird.

Birds of prey have hooked beaks and strong feet with sharp, curved talons. As meat eaters, they use their keen vision and hearing to locate their prey.

Of the raptors found in New England, the hawks, eagles, falcons, osprey and vultures are daytime hunters. Most owls are nightime hunters, with some exceptions such as the Northern Hawk Owl.

The Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle are the largest birds of prey in New England.

Vultures (Cathartidae)

Osprey (Pandionidae)

Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Falcons (Falconidae)

Owls (Strigiformes)

Bald Eagle

Cooper's Hawk

Great Horned Owl