Raptors and owls are contributing to the stability and balance in nature. They hunt sustainably. The supply of prey regulates
the state of birds of prey and owls. Is there a mouse-rich year, the common-kestrel respond with many youngs and sometimes a second egg-laying.
This is in itself a sufficient reason for astonishment, admiration!
In the Netherlands we can again enjoy the common species as
kestrel and buzzard. The goshawk and the sparrowhawk are often spotted. The
osprey is now a familiar winter visitor.
Unfortunately not all the raptors pass as well. Species like the
gray and blue harrier nest in small numbers. Their habitat is vulnerable, the
birds are threatened.
Eaglewatch offers information on all types of raptors and
owls, from all around the world. The sparrow hawks (Accipitriformes) falcons
(Falconiformes), vultures of the New World (Cathartiformes) and owls
(Strigiformes) are addressed. You can view the birds select for Dutch or Latin
name and a continent to prevent viewing. Europe offers you the opportunity to
select them for each country.
Questions, such as recognition, distribution, preparation,
wingspan, weights, care of the boy nest, reproduction, diseases, are
described on this site.
Birds of prey and owls belong to the order of the birds (Aves). Birds are a class of chordates
(Chordata) with at least 9800 species, all two characteristics in common: they
have wings and feathers.
Falconiformes or Accipitriformes:
The Falconiformes contains four orders: (316 birds)
Vultures of the New World and condors (7 birds of prey)
Eagle, hawk, sparrow, vulture, buzzard (241 birds of prey)
Stagittarii: Secretarybird (1 bird)
Caracara and falcons (66 birds of prey)
The Strigiformes contains two sub-orders: (202 owls)
Tytonidae: Church Owls and grass owls (15 owl species)
- Strigidae: Eagle-owl, Fish owl, Snowy owl, Short-eared owl. (187 owls)