Raptors, Frogmouths & Nightjars – Birds of Prey

The word Raptor is derived from the latin: “raptore” meaning ‘a robber’ and “rapere” meaning ‘to seize’. This definition comes from raptors’ unique ability to capture prey with their Feet, the key feature which makes them differ from other birds.

Raptors include Eagles, Hawks, Kites, Falcons, Kestrel, Baza, Osprey, Harriers, Owls and a Buzzard (when I find one)

Frogmouths and Nightjars are not strictly raptors but are often grouped with them due to their similarities to owls (resulting from an evolutionary phenomenon known as ‘convergence’).

Frogmouths and Nightjars are also included although they take their prey with their mouths.

Eagles, Sea-Eagle & Osprey

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Little Eagle

 

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Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Osprey

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White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Falcon Family

This is the Falco species

It includes Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) and Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) as well as other species with Falcon in their name.

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Australian Hobby

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Black Falcon

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Brown Falcon

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Nankeen Kestrel

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Peregrine Falcon

Frogmouths & Nightjars

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Tawny Frogmouth

 

 

Goshawks and Sparrowhawk

The Accipiter family

There are only three species: the Grey Goshawk that has a grey and white morph, the Brown Goshawk and Collared Sparrowhawk the latter two can be very similar. These are often the subject to lively discussions on Bird identification sites.

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Brown Goshawk

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Grey Goshawk 

Harriers

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Swamp Harrier

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Spotted Harrier

Kites

Kites also includes the Pacific Baza

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Black Kite

 

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Black-shouldered Kite

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Pacific Baza

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Whistling Kite

Owls

Barking Owl

Barking Owl

 

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Eastern Barn Owl

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl

Southern Boobook

Southern Boobook