Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks and Eagles

Eagle by Rays Wildlife Photography

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by Rays Wildlife Photos

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – ACCIPITRIFORMES, Family – Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks & Eagles

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Species (256)

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) by Nikhil Devasar
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) by Ian
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) by Margaret Sloan
Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) IBC
Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii) by Robert Scanlon
Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii) ©USFWS
African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus) ©WikiC
Madagascan Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides radiatus) by Margaret Sloan
Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) – Video
Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) ©WikiC
____ (Gypaetus barbatus aureus) OBI
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) OBI
____ (Neophron percnopterus ginginianus) OBI
____ (Neophron percnopterus percnopterus) OBI
Madagascan Serpent Eagle (Eutriorchis astur) IBC
Grey-headed Kite (Leptodon cayanensis) IBC
White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi) IBC
Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus) IBC
Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii) Drawing POBirds
European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) by Ian
Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis) OBI
Barred Honey Buzzard (Pernis celebensis) OBI
Philippine Honey Buzzard (Pernis steerei)  POBirds
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) by Lee
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) by Ian
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon) by Ian
African Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda cuculoides) ©WikiC
Madagascan Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis) IBC
Jerdon’s Baza (Aviceda jerdoni) OBI
____ (Aviceda jerdoni jerdoni) OBI
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)
____ (Aviceda subcristata timorlaoensis) OBI
____ (Aviceda subcristata rufa) OBI
____ (Aviceda subcristata reinwardtii) OBI
Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes) by Peter Ericsson
____ (Aviceda leuphotes leuphotes) OBI
____ (Aviceda leuphotes syama) OBI
Long-tailed Honey Buzzard (Henicopernis longicauda) IBC
Black Honey Buzzard (Henicopernis infuscatus) IBC
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) – Video
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) by Africaddict
White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) by Nikhil Devasar
Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus) by Nikhil – Video
Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) Drawing ©WikiC
Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) ©WikiC
____ (Gyps rueppellii rueppelli) IBC
Himalayan Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) by Nikhil
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) by Nikhil
____ (Gyps fulvus fulvus) IBC
____ (Gyps fulvus fulvescens) OBI
Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) ©WikiC
Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) OBI
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) – Video
Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) by Ian
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) by Africaddict – Video
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) OBI
____ (Spilornis cheela cheela) OBI
____ (Spilornis cheela spilogaster) OBI
_____(Spilornis cheela minimus) OBI
Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle (Spilornis klossi) OBI
Mountain Serpent Eagle (Spilornis kinabaluensis) OBI
Sulawesi Serpent Eagle (Spilornis rufipectus) by Peter Ericsson
Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus) OBI
Andaman Serpent Eagle (Spilornis elgini) OBI
Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) ©WikiC
Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) OBI
Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle (Circaetus beaudouini) IBC
Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis) by Africaddict
Brown Snake Eagle (Circaetus cinereus) IBC
Southern Banded Snake Eagle (Circaetus fasciolatus) IBC
Western Banded Snake Eagle (Circaetus cinerascens) IBC
Congo Serpent Eagle (Dryotriorchis spectabilis) ©WikiC – Photo IBC
Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) by Africaddict
Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) by MAMuin
____ (Macheiramphus alcinus alcinus) OBI
Papuan Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae) ©WikiC
Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis) ©WikiC
Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) by Lee at Zoo Miami
Changeable Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) by Ian
Flores Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus floris) WorldBirds
Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis) by Peter Ericsson
Legge’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus kelaarti) CeylonBC
Blyth’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus alboniger) by MAMuin
Javan Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi) ©WikiC
Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus lanceolatus) ©WikiC
Philippine Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus philippensis) ©Flickr Billy Lopue
Pinsker’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri) PImages
Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nanus) by Ian
Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) ©WikiC
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus) ©WikiC
Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus) by Bob-Nan
Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) IBC
Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) ©WikiC
Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii) ©WikiC
Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) ©WikiC
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) ©WikiC
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis) ©WikiC
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) Avibase
Indian Spotted Eagle (Clanga hastata) BirdForum
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga) by Nikhil
Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) IBC
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) ©WikiC
Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) ©WikiC
Pygmy Eagle (Hieraaetus weiskei) ©©MarkusLagerqvist
Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle (Hieraaetus ayresii) ©WikiC
Grasshopper Buzzard (Butastur rufipennis) IBC
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) by Africaddict
White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa) by Nikhil Devasar
Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer) by Peter Ericsson
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) by Peter Ericsson
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) by Nikhil Devasar
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) ©WikiC
Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) ©WikiC
Gurney’s Eagle (Aquila gurneyi) ©Drawing WikiC
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) by Margaret Sloan
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) by Ian
Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii) ©WikiC
Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle (Aquila africana) Oiseaux
African Hawk-Eagle (Aquila spilogaster) ©WikiC
Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus) IBC
Rufous-thighed Kite (Harpagus diodon) IBC
Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) by Ian
Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus) IBC
Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar) by Africaddict
Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates) ©WikiC
Eastern Chanting Goshawk (Melierax poliopterus) by Bob-Nan
Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) ©WikiC
Long-tailed Hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus) IBC
Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis buergersi) Drawing RaptorsOTW
Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus) IBC
Doria’s Goshawk (Megatriorchis doriae) ©WikiC
Tiny Hawk (Accipiter superciliosus) ©WikiC
Semicollared Hawk (Accipiter collaris) IBC
Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus) by Peter Ericsson
____ (Accipiter trivirgatus indicus) OBI
____ (Accipiter trivirgatus formosae) OBI
____ (Accipiter trivirgatus peninsulae) OBI
____ (Accipiter trivirgatus javanicus) OBI
____ (Accipiter trivirgatus microstictus) OBI
Sulawesi Goshawk (Accipiter griseiceps) OBI
Grey-bellied Hawk (Accipiter poliogaster) IBC
Red-chested Goshawk (Accipiter toussenelii) IBC
African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro) ©WikiC
Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk (Accipiter castanilius) ©Drawing WikiC
Shikra (Accipiter badius) ©WikiC
Nicobar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter butleri) OBI
Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes) IBC
Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) OBI
Frances’s Sparrowhawk (Accipiter francesiae) IBC
Spot-tailed Sparrowhawk (Accipiter trinotatus) IBC
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) by Ian
Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster) by Peter Ericsson – Video IBC
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) OBI
____ (Accipiter fasciatus natalis) OBI
____ (Accipiter fasciatus tjendanae) OBI
____ (Accipiter fasciatus hellmayri) OBI
Black-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter melanochlamys) IBC
Pied Goshawk (Accipiter albogularis) IBC
White-bellied Goshawk (Accipiter haplochrous) IBC
Fiji Goshawk (Accipiter rufitorques) ©WikiC
Moluccan Goshawk (Accipiter henicogrammus)
Slaty-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter luteoschistaceus) Drawing POBirds
Imitator Goshawk (Accipiter imitator) ©©MLagerqvist
Grey-headed Goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus) IBC
New Britain Goshawk (Accipiter princeps) POBirds
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythropus) Video IBC
Little Sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus) ©WikiC
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis) ©WikiC
Besra (Accipiter virgatus) by Peter Ericsson
____ (Accipiter virgatus rufotibialis) OBI
____ (Accipiter virgatus virgatus) OBI
____ (Accipiter virgatus confusus) OBI
Dwarf Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nanus) IBC
Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythrauchen) IBC
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) by Ian
New Britain Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brachyurus) Drawing Ornitologia
Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster) Video IBC
Madagascan Sparrowhawk (Accipiter madagascariensis) IBC
Ovambo Sparrowhawk (Accipiter ovampensis) IBC
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) IBC
Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rufiventris) IBC
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) ©USFWS
White-breasted Hawk (Accipiter chionogaster) IBC
Plain-breasted Hawk (Accipiter ventralis) ©WikiC
Rufous-thighed Hawk (Accipiter erythronemius) ©WikiC
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) by Lee
Gundlach’s Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi) Video IBC
Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor) IBC
Chilean Hawk (Accipiter chilensis) ©WikiC
Black Sparrowhawk (Accipiter melanoleucus) IBC
Henst’s Goshawk (Accipiter henstii) by Daves BirdingPix
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) ©WikiC
Meyer’s Goshawk (Accipiter meyerianus) IBC
Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) by Nikhil
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus) by Peter Ericsson
Papuan Harrier (Circus spilothorax) IBC
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) by Ian
African Marsh Harrier (Circus ranivorus) by Africaddict
Reunion Harrier (Circus maillardi) ©WikiC
Malagasy Harrier (Circus macrosceles) ARKive
Long-winged Harrier (Circus buffoni) ©WikiC
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) by Ian
Black Harrier (Circus maurus) by Keith
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) OBI
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) by JFenton
Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus) ©WikiC
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) OB
Pied Harrier (Circus melanoleucos) by Nikhil
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus) by Ian – Video IBC
Red Kite (Milvus milvus) by Ian
____ (Milvus milvus milvus) OBI
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) by Nikhil Devasar
Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) by Margaret Sloan
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) by Ian
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) by Ian
____ (Haliastur indus indus) OBI
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) OBI
Sanford’s Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi) IBC
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) by Africaddict – Photos Oiseaux
Madagascan Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) by Margaret Sloan
Pallas’s Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus) OBI
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) ©WikiC
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by AestheticPhotos
Steller’s Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) by Lee at Cin Zoo
Lesser Fish Eagle (Icthyophaga humilis) IBC
____ (Icthyophaga humilis plumbea) OBI
____ (Icthyophaga humilis humilis) OBI
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Icthyophaga ichthyaetus) OBI
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) by SSlayton
Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea) by Ian
Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis) ©WikiC
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) female by SSlayton
Slender-billed Kite (Helicolestes hamatus) IBC
Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens) ©WikiC
Plumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis plumbeus) IBC
Slate-colored Hawk (Leucopternis schistaceus) Oiseaux
Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) by Ian
Cuban Black Hawk (Buteogallus gundlachii) ©WikiC
Rufous Crab Hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis) ©WikiC
Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis) by Dario Sanches
White-necked Hawk (Leucopternis lacernulatus) ©WikiC
Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) ©WikiC
Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius) ©WikiC
Chaco Eagle (Buteogallus coronatus) ©WikiC
Barred Hawk (Leucopternis princeps) IBC
Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) ©
Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) by Lee
White-rumped Hawk (Buteo leucorrhous) by Michael Woodruff
White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus) by Daves BirdingPix
Variable Hawk (Buteo polyosoma) IBC
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus) by Daves Birding Pix
Mantled Hawk (Leucopternis polionotus) GlobalRaptors
White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis) ©WikiC
Grey-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis) IBC
Semiplumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis semiplumbeus) by Michael Woodruff
Black-faced Hawk (Leucopternis melanops) IBC
White-browed Hawk (Leucopternis kuhli) ©Drawing WikiC
Bermuda Hawk (Bermuteo avivorus) ††
Grey Hawk (Buteo plagiatus)  ©Drawing WikiC
Grey-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus) ©WikiC
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) by Dan
Ridgway’s Hawk (Buteo ridgwayi) IBC
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) ©WikiC
White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula) IBC
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) by Daves BirdingPix
Hawaiian Hawk (Buteo solitarius) ©WikiC
Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) light morph by Daves BirdingPix
Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) ©WikiC
Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) ©WikiC
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) by Raymond Barlow
Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis) IBC
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) ©WikiC
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) chicks ©USFWS
Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius) by Nikhil Devasar
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) Video IBC
Himalayan Buzzard (Buteo burmanicus) JHornbuckle
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) by Nikhil Devasar
Cape Verde Buzzard (Buteo bannermani) ©©Flickr Belgobreizh
Socotra Buzzard (Buteo socotraensis) Animals Wiki
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) by Ian
Forest Buzzard (Buteo trizonatus) Oiseaux
Mountain Buzzard (Buteo oreophilus) ©WikiC
Archer’s Buzzard (Buteo archeri) ©Drawing WikiC
Red-necked Buzzard (Buteo auguralis) IBC
Madagascan Buzzard (Buteo brachypterus) by Margaret Sloan
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur) by Africaddict
Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus) ©WikiC


On the photos or slides, a “by” indicates one of the photographers or videographers, who have given their permission, with links on our sidebar. Please visit their sight to see many more fantastic shots, a “©©” copyright symbol indicates a photo from Creative Commons and ©WikiC is a Creative Commons photo from Wikipedia. “†” indicates the bird is extinct. *LLABS* means it is on Our Life List of All Birds Seen.

Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Bob & Nan’s Gallery
Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Jim Fenton
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Kent Nickell [moved site]
MAMuin’s Flickr
Margaret Sloan
Nick Talbot – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Peter Ericsson’s Gallery
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Robert Scanlon’s Gallery
Wade Dowdy AestheticPhotos

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Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:

Birds of the Bible – Buzzard – Page

Birds of the Bible – Hawks – Page

Birds of the Bible – Glede and Kites – Page

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Many of these birds are Birds of the Bible. The Eagle, Kite, and Hawks are all part of this family. They would also be considered Birds of Prey.

The Accipitridae, one of the two major families within the order Accipitriformes (the diurnal birds of prey), are a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills and variable morphology based on diet. They feed on a range of prey items from insects to medium-sized mammals, with a number feeding on carrion and a few feeding on fruit. The Accipitridae have a cosmopolitan distribution, being found on all the world’s continents (except Antarctica) and a number of oceanic island groups. Some species are migratory.

Many well-known birds, such as hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures are included in this group. The Osprey is usually placed in a separate family (Pandionidae), as is the Secretary bird (Sagittariidae), and the New World vultures are also usually now regarded as a separate family or order. Karyotype data indicated that the accipitrids hitherto analysed are indeed a distinct monophyletic group, but whether this group should be considered a family of the Falconiformes or one or several order(s) on their own is a matter of taste. (Wikipedia with editing)

Some of the Family:

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3 thoughts on “Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks and Eagles

  1. I love hawks for as long as I can remember. I’ve been to Hawk Mountain in Virginia during the annual hawk watch and saw an incredible number of hawks fly overhead. One swooped down right in front of us. I’m always spotting hawks in trees as I drive and there’s a red tail hawk that nested in a tree in my yard for many years. When I was burying my cat in the back yard 2 years ago, a hawk flew down and sat on the fence post just a few feet away from the grave we were digging. He sat there the whole time we were burying my cat and then he flew off. I felt like he was a messenger saying that Roscoe was okay now.


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