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Raptors on Long Island

Long Island is home to 7 species of hawk, 3 species of falcon, 1 species of vulture, 1 species of eagle, 8 species of owl, and the Osprey. All of the hawks, falcons, vulture, eagle, and Osprey are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day while most of the owls are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night. Raptors are all carnivores, depending on the species they may eat small mammals, small birds, or fish.

Marcus Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Otis Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Osprey on Long Island


Peregrine Falcon on Long Island

Peregrine Falcon

American Kestrel on Long Island

American Kestrel

Coopers Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Red Tail Hawk on Long Island

Red-Tailed Hawk

Merlin on Long Island


Northern Saw Whet Owl on Long Island

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Bald Eagle on Long Island

Bald Eagle

Sharp Shinned Hawk on Long Island

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Long Eared Owl Long Island

Long-eared Owl

Did you know?

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal in the world! While hunting they can dive through the air at speeds up to 240 miles per hour! They catch their prey mid-air with their powerful talons and then kill it using their strong beaks.

Coexisting with Raptors

Raptors are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.

  • If you own chickens or ducks that live outside, keep them in a protective coop 
  • Put away all sports nets after you’re done using them. Raptors can easily get entangled in them while hunting
  • Avoid using rodenticides that can end up in the raptor’s bloodstream after consuming them
  • Although an interaction between a raptor and your pet is unlikely, supervise dogs while outside and keep all cats indoors

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Wildlife on Long Island

Long Island is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and marine life. Here are some examples of the wildlife you might find on Long Island.





Reptiles & Amphibians

Shorebirds & Seabirds

Small Rodents