Category : birds

Carancho (Caracara plancus)

DESCRIPTION A bird of prey, measuring between 55 and 60 cm long. Its crest on the top of its head is blackish in colour, the rest of its body greyish, with a white neck, back and chest with wide brown and greyish white stripes. In flight you can see its wing patch, which is clear, with a whitish tail ending with a black band. The skin on the face is bare, a typical trait of the scavengers.   DISTRIBUTION AND […]

Condor of the Andes, Vulture Gryphus

INTRODUCTION The Andean Condor, or Condor as it is called in South America, is a large bird, found among birds of flight in the higher dimensions of our days. This condor is one of the South American vulture species, or also named the vulture of the new world. The old world vultures have evolved from different ancestors from different parts of the world, though both are similar in appearance, and have similar ecological roles, there is a difference in the […]

The Great Grey Owl, Strix nebulosa

Distribution: These owls don’t mate very often and they do it irregularly in coniferous forests in Lapland and other Northern regions, they can sometimes be found nesting in the center or south of Finland. There are around 300 to 1.500 mating pairs. Migration: They are sedentary, but if food supply is low they have been known to fly longer distances, to the south of Finland and sometimes even the south of Sweden or the north of Germany. This can be […]

Harris’s Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus

The Harris’s Hawk belongs to the same family as eagles, sparrow hawks, red kites and other birds of prey. The species is medium sized and native to the American continent. Unlike most of the birds of prey, the Harris’s Hawk is not solitary, but highly sociable. It lives in family groups and hunts cooperatively in “packs”. These hawks even cooperate in the upbringing of their offspring. Main characteristics The Harris’s Hawk is a medium-large bird of prey, of approximately 50 […]

Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), is a bird of prey found in North America. It is most recognizable as the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. The species was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States by the end of the 20th century, but now has a stable population and has been officially removed from the United States federal government’s list of endangered species. characteristics      * Wingspan and body weight of the males: […]

Red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis

The Red-tailed Hawk breeds throughout almost all North America from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and most of the Caribbean Islands. The species occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes and adapts well to any biotope. Most Red-tailed Hawks at the northern extent of their range migrate south in order to breed in warmer climate. Main characteristics Its body weight ranges around 1kg and it reaches a wingspan of 130cm. Its principal characteristic […]

Little Owl, Athene noctua

Este ave que reside en gran parte de las zonas templadas de Europa, Asia y África puede verse en nuestro parque temático de Lanzarote. Es parte de un gran grupo de rapaces nocturnas, siendo éste un ejemplar pequeño. Mide unos 25 cm de longitud y presenta un aspecto rechoncho. De color pardo con manchas blancas, en vuelo lo podemos distinguir por sus alas cortas, redondeadas y sus líneas punteadas de blanco. 

Black Kite, Milvus migrans

The Black Kite (Milvus milgrans) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. Black Kites are native to the warmer regions of all continents and on many tropical islands. Main characteristics The Red Kite’s talons and claws are weaker than those of other birds of prey. This is the main reason why they mainly feed on small animals or carrion. However, the diet varies according to the species […]

Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus

The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known simply as the Peregrine, and historically as the “Duck Hawk” in North America, is a cosmopolitan bird of prey in the family Falconidae. The Peregrine Falcon has a body length of 38–50cm. As with other bird-eating raptors, the female is bigger than the male. The back and long, pointed wings of the adult are usually bluish black to slate grey with indistinct darker barring; the wingtips are black. The underparts are white to […]

Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis

The Ferruginous hawk is represented in the raptor collection of Rancho Texas Park in Lanzarote. It is a large bird of prey endemic to the interior parts of North America. It usually migrates to Mexico. The Buteo regalis is the largest of the buteos and is often mistaken for an eagle. Main characteristics As with all birds of prey, the female is larger than the male. Size is the main difference between both sexes. Length ranges around 58cm with an […]