On this page you’ll discover all our Raptors, but first…
Interesting Facts about Raptors
You might think that a raptor is just a nickname for a Velociraptor, which is a kind of dinosaur. But while Velociraptors did have a lot in common with the real definition of raptors including feathers and strong hunting skills, raptors are actually what you might know of as birds of prey.
- Raptors are different from other birds because they are carnivorous and have the anatomy to help them hunt! They have hooked bills and strong talons.
- Raptor birds include falcons, hawks, vultures, ospreys, and eagles.
- Another thing that helps raptors hunt is their great eyesight. Many raptors are great at seeing at night, from a far distance, or in very sharp color. Are your eyes as good as a raptor’s? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy making a hidden picture search or optical illusion.
- The largest bird of prey is the golden eagle. It has a wingspan of 78 inches. How long is your wingspan? Measure the distance from the tip of one hand to the other. Then dress it up with your own wings inspired by your favorite bird.
- Many raptors are smart and very good at problem solving. The Chihuahuan Raven is said to be one of the smartest birds.
- People are pretty good at solving puzzles too! You can even design and cut out your own puzzle, maybe a drawing of your favorite bird. You can even use an app to help you make it!
- Most raptors are very independent though one counterexample is the Harris Hawk that hunts in small groups to help each other catch prey.
- How is this the same or different from people? Most people live and work together very cooperatively whether it’s cooking dinner or getting the chores done. Celebrate that with your family and set aside some time to draw and create or do whatever it is that you all enjoy together!