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Raptors

Wildlife of the Rocky Mountains
Taxonomy & Species Profiles
Birds—Raptors Only

Copyright © 2013 Travis N. Wood


Each species listed below has two links:

(1) The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and
(2) The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

While the bird species are arranged according to ITIS taxonomy, the following heading is interjected:


Raptors, Birds of Prey
Examples: vulture, osprey, eagle, harrier, kites, hawk, goshawk, kestrel, merlin, gyrfalcon, falcon, and owl..


Kingdom Animalia—
.Phylum Chordata—
..Subphylum Vertebrata—vertebrates
...Class Aves—Birds

....Order Ciconiiformes—Herons, Ibis, & New World Vultures

......Family Ciconiidae (cf. Cathartidae)—New World Vultures
........Genus Cathartes
.........Species aura— Turkey_VultureTurkey Vulture

......Family Accipitridae—Eagles, Kites, & Hawks
........Genus Pandion
.........Species haliaetus— OspreyOsprey
........Genus Haliaeetus
.........Species leucocephalus— Bald_EagleBald Eagle
........Genus Circus
.........Species cyaneus— Northern_HarrierNorthern Harrier
........Genus Accipiter
.........Species striatus— Sharp-shinned_HawkSharp-shinned Hawk
.........Species cooperii— Coopers_HawkCooper's Hawk
.........Species gentilis— Northern_GoshawkNorthern Goshawk
........Genus Buteo
.........Species platypterus— Broad-winged_HawkBroad-winged Hawk
.........Species swainsoni— Swainsons_HawkSwainson's Hawk
.........Species jamaicensis— Red-tailed_HawkRed-tailed Hawk
.........Species regalis— Ferruginous_HawkFerruginous Hawk
.........Species lagopus— Rough-legged_HawkRough-legged Hawk
........Genus Aquila
.........Species chrysaetos— Golden_EagleGolden Eagle

......Family Falconidae—Falcons
........Genus Falco
.........Species sparverius— American_KestrelAmerican Kestrel
.........Species columbarius— MerlinMerlin
.........Species rusticolus— GyrfalconGyrfalcon
.........Species peregrinus— Peregrine_FalconPeregrine Falcon
.........Species mexicanus— Prairie_FalconPrairie Falcon

....Order Strigiformes—Owls

.....Family Tytonidae—Barn Owls
......Subfamily Tytoninae—Barn Owls
........Genus Tyto
.........Species alba— Barn_OwlBarn Owl

......Family Strigidae—Typical Owls
.......Subfamily Striginae—Owls
........Genus Otus
.........Species flammeolus— Flammulated_OwlFlammulated Owl
........Genus Megascops (cf. Otus)
.........Species asio— Eastern_Screech-OwlEastern Screech-Owl
........Genus Bubo
.........Species virginianus— Great_Horned_OwlGreat Horned Owl
.........Species scandiacus (cf. Nyctia scandiaca)— Snowy_OwlSnowy Owl
........Genus Strix
.........Species varia— Barred_OwlBarred Owl
.......Subfamily Surniinae—
........Genus Athene
.........Species cunicularia— Burrowing_OwlBurrowing Owl
........Genus Aegolius
.........Species acadicus— Northern_Saw-whet_OwlNorthern Saw-whet Owl
.......Subfamily Asioninae—
........Genus Asio
.........Species otus— Long-eared_OwlLong-eared Owl
.........Species flammeus— Short-eared_OwlShort-eared Owl


Which Species are Included?

Listed here are only the "Raptors," birds of prey found in Northern Rocky Mountains. The list includes a variety from rare visitors to the more common residents. Naming conventions are generally derived from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) employed by the United States Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies.

The presence of these birds in the Rockies is derived from various bird lists of state and recreation areas. And each species includes two links from the common name. The first link is to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the second is to the USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter. We'd also recommend the Peterson Bird Guide linked below.


For more information:

Peterson Bird Identifications
WhatBird Identification Guide

Cornell University Bird Guide

USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter

Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS

Animal Diversity Web on Birds

Biology Base Birds of Wyoming

Bird Nature-com on Bird Families

Wyoming State List of Birds

Sibley and Monroe World List

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Checklists by State

Wind Cave National Park Bird List

Northern State University

Devil's Tower Bird List

Images of Wild Birds by Richard Ditch

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