Raptors

Great-Horned Owl
Great-Horned Owl

Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Screech Owl

Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk

Great-Horned Owl
Great-Horned Owl

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Long Island is home to 7 species of hawk, 3 species of falcon, 1 species of vulture, 1 species of eagle, 6 species of owl, and the Osprey. All of the hawks, falcons, vulture, eagle, and Osprey are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day while all of the owls are nocturnal, meaning they are active overnight. Raptors are all carnivores, depending on the species they may eat small mammals, small birds, or fish.

Did You Know?

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal in the world! While hunting they can dive through the air at speeds up to 240 miles per hour! They catch their prey mid-air with their powerful talons and then kill it using their strong beaks.

Coexisting with Raptors

Raptors are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.

  • If you own chickens or ducks that live outside keep them in a protective coop 

  • Put away all sports nets after you're done using them. Raptors can easily get entangled in them while hunting

  • Avoid using rodenticides that can end up in the raptor's bloodstream after consuming them

  • Although an interaction between a raptor and your pet is unlikely, supervise dogs while outside and keep all cats indoors