Migratory Raptors

Raptors are comprised of a diverse group of species including eagles, hawks, osprey, falcons, and owls.  Although Turkey Vultures are not true raptors, they are included in this group because they share a similar migration pattern with other members of this group.  For more information on raptors, visit our Raptor Resources page.

Nine raptor species, shown in italics below, are considered priority species because they are:

These priority species are also recognized by the Wisconsin All-bird Conservation Plan.

Vultures
Turkey Vulture

Osprey
Osprey

Eagles
Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle

Hawks
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk

Falcons
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon

Owls
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Bald Eagle, photo by Robert Kuhn

 

Merlin, photo by Robert Kuhn

 

Barn Owl, photo by C.F. Zeillemaker