Raptors

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General Information about Raptors in the Houston Area

A raptor is a special type of bird which captures live prey. The word “raptor” means “to seize or grasp” in Latin. Raptors use their powerful, sharp talons to capture their prey and to defend themselves. Though it’s difficult to estimate the lifespan of raptors in the wild, many birds can live up to five or six years. However, most birds do not make it past their first winter.
Species found in the Houston area include the Great-horned owl, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Mississippi Kites, Eastern Screech Owls, Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures.

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