Cascades Raptor Center

Resident Birds

Current Residents and other Raptors of the Northwest - Click below to see photos, descriptions and personal and natural history of raptors of the Pacific Northwest, many of whom are current residents at CRC (Brown links).


Resident CorvidsCorvids

Black-billed Magpie


Resident EaglesEagles

Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle


Resident FalconsFalcons

American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon


Resident KitesKites

White-Tailed Kites


Resident HawksHawks

Cooper's Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk


Resident Non-Native BirdsNon-Natives

Eurasian Eagle Owl
Saker Falcon


Resident OspreyOsprey



Resident OwlsOwls

Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Burrowing Owl
Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Pygmy Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Spotted Owl
Snowy Owl
Western Screech Owl


Resident VulturesVulture

Turkey Vulture


History - For thousands of years, humans have looked on raptors variously as partners in hunting (the sport of falconry) or as villains ('varmints') poaching our chosen prey species. We now have the wisdom to view raptors as indicator species for the health of our shared world, as well as models of grace and beauty, speed, fierceness, fidelity, and parenting. We study their hearing and eyesight, and try to unravel the mystery of migration, from where they go, to why, and how they find their way.

Handling - Raptors' formidable defenses make them a challenge to handle. Their specialized dietary requirements do not permit adequate substitutes for a whole prey diet, which can be difficult and expensive to obtain, or space- and time-consuming to raise. For any bird that makes its living on the wing, perfect muscle and feather condition is critical. Caging must promote this through size and materials. For raptors, whose powerful distance vision can fail to see wire as a barrier, vertical barring has been found to be the best solution. This vertical barring also helps prevent the facial, foot or feather problems associated with attempts to cling to, climb or go through wire. Special perches, good drainage and ventilation, a natural dirt and plant flooring or a deep layer of pea gravel are also important to prevent the foot and disease problems which are common to raptors in captivity. Privacy is essential for minimizing stress and preventing excessive socialization to people. Large cages are critical (and required by federal permit conditions) for pre-release conditioning of these consummate athletes or they will not survive post-release.

References for the Descriptions on the Raptor Pages


What is a Raptor?

Raptors are birds of prey such as...

eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, osprey, and kites...

...hunting birds with keen eyesight and hearing, strong feet with sharp talons for grasping and killing prey, and curved beaks for ripping up their food. Raptors are not the only predators of the bird world, but they are the only birds that hunt with their feet!