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What's the difference between a Hawk and a Falcon?

The term “falcon” can refer to any of the 37 species of raptors in the “Falco” genus.  They are widely distributed throughout the world. 

The name “hawk” refers to small to medium-sized birds of prey. 

Falcons are birds of prey that belong to the genus Falco.  They typically have long wings, powerful beaks, fly at high speeds and can easily turn and change directions.  They have excellent vision - in fact, they can see twice as well as humans!

Hawks belong to the Accipitrinae subfamily.  Hawks tend to live in woodlands and hunt their prey by coming out of hiding with a quick, sudden dash.  Hawks typically have long tails.

Looking at a bird's peak will help you to distinguish between a falcon and a hawk, since falcons have a sharp, angular bend on their beak that they use to break the necks of their prey.  The beaks of hawks have a gentle, smooth bend since they use their talons to kill their prey.

Falcons fly very fast, while hawks tend to glide.

 

 

 Falco peregrinus - Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus is commonly known as the “Peregrine Falcon” or the “Duck Hawk”.  This falcon is known for its high speed dive reaching speeds of well over 200 mph.  This species has a wide range and can be found almost anywhere on Earth except at extreme temperatures and very high mountains.  The Peregrine was almost extinct in eastern NA due to pesticide poisoning in the mid 20th century.  After significant recover efforts, the species has made an incredible recovery.

The distinctive "kak, kak" of this Peregrine Falcon drew my attention to him as he was finishing a meal atop a Maple tree.

Did you know...

that the Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest animals in the world and can fly up to 200 mph in a dive? 

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great site where you can hear 
what various birds sound like.   (Linked with permission.)

Click here to hear the kak of a Peregrine Falcon.

 

Peregrine Falcon with prey in tree

Peregrine Falcon - 1
Photographed in early spring in Southern Ontario.

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Buteo platypterus - Broad-Winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus is commonly known as the Broad-winged Hawk.  Adults have reddish-brown heads, a spotted underside and black and white bands on their tail.  Pale wing undersides are bordered in dark brown.  Juveniles of the species are lighter in colour.  This species of hawk prefers dense mixed forests.

The migration of the Broad-winged Hawks as they make their way back to South America is apparently a spectacle to behold.  The call of this hawk is a piercing, two-part whistle.

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great site where you can hear 
what various birds sound like.   (Linked with permission.)

♫  Click here to hear the kee-kee of a Broad-winged Hawk.     

 

Broad-winged hawk in tree

Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Photographed in early spring in Northern Ontario.

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Accipiter cooperii - Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk?

Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's Hawk) and its smaller lookalike the Accipiter striatus    (Sharp-shinned Hawk) are difficult to identify.  Both have a few stiff wing beats followed by a glide.  Because of its large size, I'm assuming this is Accipiter cooperii.  Photographed at Letchworth State Park in New York, both hawks have been identified as living in the area.

 

Red tailed hawk in flight over Letchworth gorge.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight over Letchworth State Park Gorge in New York - 1

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"The reason birds can fly and we can't 
is simply because 
they have perfect faith, 
for to have faith 
is to have wings."

~ J.M.Barrie 
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Did you know....

There are about 10000 species of birds in the world!

Birds have hollow bones which help them to fly!

 

 

Did you know....

Hummingbirds can fly backwards!

The smallest egg comes from a hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest comes from an ostrich and is the size of a cantaloupe.

 

 

Did you know....

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly!

Males of most bird species are more colourful with beautiful feather shapes!

 

 

Did you know....

Mocking birds can imitate sounds!

Herons & Egrets were killed by the thousands so that their feathers cold be used to decorate women's hats!

 

 

Did you know....

Barn owls swallow their prey whole.  After digestion, they cough up the prey's bones & fur!

 

 

 

 

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