How Fast Can A Falcon Dive?
Fascinating Answers to Questions about Birds of Prey
Publication Year: 2010
From stories of red-tailed hawks making their homes on the ledges of Manhattan skyscrapers to their role in protecting California's vineyards from flocks of grape-loving starlings, How Fast Can a Falcon Dive? explores how these avian predators interact with people and with their environment.
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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Birds of prey have stirred human emotions since time immemorial because of their fi erce beauty, great strength, commanding pres-ence, and superlative skill as hunters. . . . Today, birds of prey are arguably the most popular group of birds . . . attracting the most ardent and zealous devotees, whether they be falconers, rehabilita-...
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Answer: Raptors are birds that prey on animals that they either catch and kill themselves or fi nd injured or already dead. The word “raptor” has its roots in the Latin raptator, meaning “to rob”, and raptore, meaning “to seize and carry away.” Raptors seize prey with their talons, either snatching fi sh from the water, striking ...
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...ored than females, but in some bird species, including birds of bird- hunting accipiters and falcons, are larger and more aggres-owls, there is less sex-related size difference. Female Goshawks Accipiter gentilis, Cooper’s Hawks A. cooperii, and European Spar-Nestling female accipiters sometimes kill their smaller brothers ...
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...relatively large eyes in proportion to their body, and their vision size means the eye can admit more light, and the retina will be visual power. A correspondingly larger area of the brain is dedi-ship to its functional signifi cance, and a larger brain is associ-ated with increased cognitive skills and behavioral fl exibility. ...
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...ing loudly and by fl ying in dramatic displays. Most accipiters perch singly and call (vocalize) at regular intervals. Single rap-tors of many genera, usually males, may soar and circle over their breeding area to attract attention, and they may also indulge in birds among a few species, but usually these displays are solitary ...
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...bird may be left dead or seriously injured. Smaller raptors, such as Eurasian Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus, may be killed by larger Owl Bubo bubo preys on Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus, both juvenile and adult, especially during their coinciding breeding ous species of small Harriers, genus Circus, nest on the ground ...
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Originally defi ned as “care of the household,” the term now usu-ally refers to the scientifi c management and control of natural or agricultural resources. “Raptor husbandry” is the care, medi-for captive breeding or rehabilitation, public display in zoologi-to be safely housed, breeding strategies, diet and feeding tech-...
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Answer: Originally called “hawking,” “falconry” is the general sports in the world. The original goal of this type of hunting was to put food on the table. Until the seventeenth century when the the favored sport of medieval Europe’s aristocrats. Kings traded the fi st, even taking them to church. “True falcons,” by which ...
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...lished his own detailed notes as The Natural History of Birdwatch-nia to collect and display all sorts of specimens (see chapter 4, the fascination with the natural world. Birding became a serious interest for him and in 1888 he joined the staff of the American decorated either with feathers or with entire birds, as reported ...
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...the food web either by managing to stay alive, or by reproducing range of a species and the consequences of these limits are key the role played by raptors, apex predators at the top of the food analysis of raptor and prey activity over two years in Superior Township in Michigan, motivated by their belief that “predation ...
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Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge (part of the Virginia www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/sauvie_island_wildlife_areaNote: For a more comprehensive list and detailed recommendations, see Donald S. Heintzelman, A Guide to Hawk Watching in North America ...
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Berger, C. 2005. Owls: Wild Guide. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Bildstein, K. L. 2006. Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and Bodio, S. 1992. A Rage for Falcons. Boulder, Colo.: Pruett Publishing.Bosakowski, T., and D. G. Smith. 2002. Raptors of the Pacifi c Northwest. Clark, W. S. 2000. A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, ...
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About the Authors
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Peter Capainolo has had an interest in natural history, particu-larly ornithology, since boyhood. At age eighteen, he was granted one of the fi rst falconry licenses issued by New York State. He graduate degrees in biology. Currently he is senior scientifi c as-seum of Natural History in New York City and an adjunct faculty ...
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Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Animals Q & A