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BIRD-EATING BIRDS

A number of hawks and falcons specialize in preying on birds, but many types of birds are more opportunistic, especially when it comes to baby birds.

African Finfoot

small bird in bill

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African Finfoot      Podica senegalensis
Uganda, Lake Mburu

American Crow

scavenging dead Northern Flicker

American Crow c22-34-004.jpg
American Crow      Corvus brachyrhynchos
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Cook Co.

American Kestrel

with song sparrow prey

American Kestrel c22-40-005.jpg
American Kestrel      Falco sparverius
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Montrose Beach

Cattle Egret

eating Barn Swallow

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Cattle Egret      Bubulcus ibis
USA; Florida, Dry Tortugas National Park, Fort Jefferson, Garden Key, Monroe Co.

Cooper's Hawk

with mostly consumed avian prey

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Cooper's Hawk      Accipiter cooperii
USA; Illinois, Chicago

Cooper's Hawk

European Starling in talons

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Cooper's Hawk      Accipiter cooperii

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

preying on rock pigeon

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Eurasian Sparrowhawk      Accipiter nisus

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

with bird

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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl      Glaucidium brasilianum
USA; Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Great Black-backed Gull

trying to swallow pigeon carcass

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Great Black-backed Gull      Larus marinus
USA; New York, Captree State Park, Long Is.

Great Blue Heron

eating Lesser Yellowlegs

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Great Blue Heron      Ardea herodias

Greater Roadrunner

juvenile House Finch in bill

Greater Roadrunner s44-43-001.jpg
Greater Roadrunner      Geococcyx californianus
USA; California, Solvang, Santa Barbara Co.

Herring Gull

Rail in bill

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Herring Gull      Larus argentatus
USA; New Jersey, Edwin B. Forsyth (Brigantine) NWR

Marabou Stork

taking flamingo carcass from jackal

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Marabou Stork      Leptoptilos crumeniferus
Kenya, Nakuru National Park

Marabou Stork

taking off with Flamingo carcass, African Fish-Eagle Watching

Marabou Stork b52-2-421.jpg
Marabou Stork      Leptoptilos crumeniferus
Kenya, Nakuru National Park

Merlin

Feeding on dowitcher

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Merlin      Falco columbarius

Peregrine Falcon

standing on prey, Rock Pigeon

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Peregrine Falcon      Falco peregrinus
USA; New York, Jones Beach State Park, Long Is., Suffolk Co.

Peregrine Falcon

dragging recently killed Black-necked Stilt across water

Peregrine Falcon s70-3-028.jpg
Peregrine Falcon      Falco peregrinus
USA; California, Salton Sea NWR, Imperial Co.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

with prey - American Goldfinch

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Sharp-shinned Hawk      Accipiter striatus
Canada; British Columbia, Penticton

Snowy Sheathbill

feeding on dead cormorant

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Snowy Sheathbill      Chionis alba
Falkland Is., Bleaker Is.

Southern Gray Shrike

butchering songbird, wing in bill

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Southern Gray Shrike      Lanius meridionalis
Oman, Dawkah

Southern Skua

2 birds eating penguin young

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Southern Skua      Stercorarius antarctica
Falkland Is., Falkland Islands

Striated Caracara

2 birds eating dead Gentoo Penguin

Striated Caracara s66-4-003.jpg
Striated Caracara      Phalcoboenus australis
Falkland Is., New Island

Verreaux's Eagle-Owl

swallowing bird leg

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Verreaux's Eagle-Owl      Bubo lacteus