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| Birds of Prey | Night Species
Eagles are large-bodied birds with large, broad wings, short tails,
and heavy, curved bills. The white head and tail of the adult bald
eagle is unmistakable, but juveniles are mottled brown and white.
Hawks come in many shapes and sizes. The commonly-seen red-tailed
hawk is recognized in flight by its large body, rounded wings, and
fanned red tail. Watch for them perching on trees and fence posts
along Michiganís highways.
Falcons are streamlined birds that have long, pointed wings and fairly
long tails. The blue jay-sized American kestrel (also called sparrow
hawk) is the smallest American falcon. These handsome birds are commonly
seen on telephone lines along roadways.
Vultures (also called buzzards) are large birds with extremely long,
broad wings and no feathers on their heads or necks. The turkey vulture
is easily recognized in flight by the way it holds its wings in a
V-shape and glides in wide, lazy circles.