What is the difference between Hawks and Eagles?
Many people say they would not know for sure the difference between these birds, but is there any? Yes. There are differences.
- Both belong to the Accipitridae family of birds.
- Eagles have larger size, powerful build and are more heavier.
- Hawks are known for their powerful and sharp beaks long tails and strong claws.
- Hawks sore longer than eagles. Hawks are on the list of most intelligent birds.
- Eagles only eat their prey on the perches. They catch their prey without landing and take it to the perches.
- Eagles prey on larger animals than hawks. Eagles tend to reside on land areas and coastal areas
- Haws only reside on woody areas.
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" Hawks weight ranges from 115 grams to 1.5 kilo grams. "
Did You Know?
" 'Hawk' is a general term used to describe the entire group of diurnal (active by day) predatory birds. "
" 'The smallest hawk in North America' credit goes to Sharp-Shinned Hawk."
Did You Know?
" Hawks have about 8 times more accurate vision than humans. "
"Hawks can attain a speed of 150mph"
"Migratory species travel over thousand miles each year to and from their breeding territories."
" Sparrowhawks gained full protection in Britain in 1961"
" Female sparrowhawks are typically 25% larger than males, and twice as heavy. "
Sparrowhawks Facts and Images
" Sparrowhawks are specialized hunters of birds including bats. "
" Enjoys eating their prey alive. "
" When a sparrowhawk accidentally enters a goshawk ( another hawk species) territory, they're doomed. They fall themselves prey to goshawks. "
" Normal life span of a male sparrowhawk is 7 to 8 years and female is 10 to 11 years. "
" Male sparrowhawks are often afraid of females, because they may attack. "
" Sparrowhawks make sure that their prey is healthier before they eat. "
" Sparrowhawk was said to be the bird for a priest in the medieval falconry. "
" Sparrowhawks, during their ferocious hunting, frequently hit windows with fatal effects. "
Red Tailed hawks are also known as
Cooper's buzzed hawk
Red Tailed Hawk Facts and PIctures
- They can spot a prey as little as a mouse from 100 feet above
- They are named after the brick red tail of theirs
- As with sparrowhawks, female red tailed hawks are larger than males
- Red tailed hawks can lay 1 to 5 eggs at a time
- Has a life span of 21 years
- They are most commonly seen in North America
Red Tailed Hawk Pictures
Sharp Shinned Hawk Images
Rough Legged Hawk and Red Shouldered Hawk
The Eagle Era : Bald Eagles
- Bald Eagles have a wingspan of 2 meters and weigh up to 8 to 14 pounds.
- They can live up to 28 years.
- They can reach up to 99mph during hunting.
- They also hunt as a pair.
- They once faced near extinction but recovered from the brink of eradication in the 1700s.
Bald Eagle Images
Golden Eagle Facts
- The National Bird of Mexico
- It is the largest bird of prey in North America
- They speed above 150 miles per hour
- Each pair of golden eagle maintain their own territories and fight for conserving it.
- They are also found in Asia Europe and North Africa
Golden Eagle Pictures
Harpy and Philippine Eagle Images
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 28, 2014:
You found some nice pictures.
Akhil Dev (author) from India on May 10, 2014:
Thank you Zsuzsy for stopping by ...
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on May 09, 2014:
Wow, what an amazing collection of pictures. Thank you for sharing.
voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting
Akhil Dev (author) from India on May 09, 2014:
Thank you peggy and 'enjoy life' for your kind comments... Glad you liked it..
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2014:
Those are amazing photos of the different hawks and eagles. Thanks for assembling this collection of images.
enjoy life from Europe on May 09, 2014:
Stunning pictures, and interesting information as well. Eagles and hawks are amazing :-)