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Raptors are birds of prey such as hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures. In many raptor species, adult females are larger than adult males.
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- Medium-sized hawk that frequents the Colorado College campus and surrounding areas
- Immature birds are streaky brown
- Diet heavily dependent on birds
- Can be confused with Sharp-shinned Hawk because of similar markings and size overlap (female Sharp-shinned Hawk may be close in size to male Cooper's Hawk)
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- Very large raptor with white head and tail
- Eagles are easily distinguished from vultures by flatter wing profile while soaring, and stronger wingbeats. Vultures have a flattened V shape while soaring.
- Juvenile Bald Eagle can be confused with Golden Eagle. Juvenile Bald Eagles have larger beaks than Golden Eagles, and have mottled white under their wings
- Bald Eagles are not typically seen in Colorado Springs, but may be seen at higher elevation areas such as Woodland Park and the Pikes Peak North Slope recreation area.
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- Small owl which feeds on insects, especially moths; because of its diet, only present in Colorado in the summer
- Formerly thought rare, the Flammulated Owl is fairly common in forested high-altitude areas in the West
- Not present in Colorado Springs, but may be encountered while camping in the Front Range. Listen for the male's repetitive "boop" call at night.
- CC Professor Brian Linkhart has conducted years of important research on this species
Great Horned Owl
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- Very strong predator with well-tuned senses
- Have been known to visit CC campus and attempt nesting near Monument Creek
- Listen for the "Who who who WHO are you" series of hoots
- So-called horns are tufts of feathers
- Look for regurgitated pellets at the base of trees in the area where owls are observed
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- Very large raptor, dark brown with gold on back of head, neck, and wings
- Eagles are easily distinguished from vultures in flight: eagles have a flatter wing profile while soaring, and stronger wingbeats. Vultures soar with their wings in a V configuration
- Golden Eagle can be confused with Juvenile Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles have larger heads and beaks. Adult Golden Eagles have no white on underside of wings
- Not often seen in Colorado Springs proper, but may be seen in surrounding areas
- Widely distributed bird found in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere
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