Quiz: Identify Raptors in Flight

Quiz: Identify Raptors in Flight

Alisa Opar
Published: 10/18/2013

Click image to enlarge. Image courtesy The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

Raptors are on the move. Now is a great time to get out and see the birds of prey as they migrate south for the winter (click here for a list of 10 awesome places to watch the spectacle).

Seeing the birds on the wing is thrilling—particularly when there are large numbers of them—but it can also be frustrating to try and identify them at various angles and distances.

Want to test your ID skills? The folks at Princeton University Press were kind enough to send over a puzzle page from The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors. “If you love raptors and want to improve your identification skills, buy this book,” wrote our reviewer, Wayne Mones. “Follow this prescription and show up at your next hawk watch ready to hold your own against the pros.” 

The challenge: Identify, age, and sex these common raptors. Some species appear more than once. Scroll down for a list of all of the species shown, and keep going for the answers.


HINT: Below are of all the species pictured.


American kestrel

Bald eagle

Broad-winged hawk

Cooper’s hawk


Northern harrier

Peregrine falcon

Red-shouldered hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk

Turkey vulture










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Alisa Opar

Alisa Opar is the articles editor at Audubon magazine. Follow her on Twitter @alisaopar.

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