My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Caracaras and falcons

Caracaras and falcons

Order: Falconiformes Family: Falconidae
Falconidae is a family of diurnal birds of prey, notably the falcons and caracaras. They differ from hawks, eagles, and kites in that they kill with their beaks instead of their feet. There are 5 Michigan species.

American Kestrel, Falco sparverius

Gyrfalcon, Falco rusticolus

Merlin, Falco columbarius

Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus

Prairie Falcon, Falco mexicanus


2 responses

  1. We have birds down here where I live called caracaras or Mexican eagles. I’m glad I found your blog, I enjoy it.


    March 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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