Each of the raptors shown on this page have been found in Indiana. Click on the individual images to find out more about that particular species.
Many of the images on this page are available by permission from Marty Jones and are his copyrighted images. Mr. Jones’ site
Red Tail Hawks, often called chicken hawks, are very common in Indiana.
A Cooper’s hawk can actually fly very fast through a crowded forest as it hunts.
Sharp Shinned Hawks are often mistaken for Cooper’s Hawks, but they are smaller.
Rough Legged Hawks may be all dark, but still with pale wing feathers and white at base of tail.
Merlins are small falcons, but they were called “Lady Hawks” in medieval times because noble women used them to hunt.
The Mississippi Kite is a small hawk with long, narrow pointed wings.
The Northern Goshawk is the largest North American bird in the genus accipiter.
You can find Ospreys around water.
Northern Harriers fly low over the ground when hunting, weaving back and forth over fields and marshes as they watch and listen for small animals.
Red-shouldered Hawks soar over forests or perch on tree branches or utility wires.
In 1989 there were no Bald Eagles in Indiana. Today, they are off the state’s endangered list.
The American Kestrel is our smallest falcon, and most colorful.
This largest North American owl by weight. It spends winters in the arctic.
Short-eared Owl populations declined by 67% percent per year between 1966 and 2010
A tiny owl with a catlike face and bright yellow eyes
These birds ride thermals in the sky and use their keen sense of smell to find fresh carcasses.