What makes a bird a raptor?
Raptors soar on rising air currents to hunt their prey of fish, ground squirrels, jackrabbits and other small mammals that live on North Menan Butte.Raptors soar on rising air currents to hunt their prey of fish, ground squirrels, jackrabbits and other small mammals that live on North Menan Butte.
The word raptor comes from the Latin word “rapere” which mean to seize or plunder. Today, the word is used to describe a group of birds also known as birds of prey. In Idaho, 31 species of raptors can be found. Seventeen species of diurnal raptors (hawks, eagles, and falcons) and 14 species of nocturnal raptors (owls). The river system above Idaho Falls produces over half of Idaho’s bald eagles and one third of the Yellowstone area bald eagles.
Raptors are characterized by a hooked beak, strong feet with sharp talons, keen eyesight, and a carnivorous diet.
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