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Hawks, kites, eagles

A common question asked is how you differentiate between Hawks, kites, eagles and Vultures. Well, it's hard to do so by just having a sight of one unless you have good enough knowledge but it can be guessed based upon their size, they all belong to the same family of Old World vultures the Accipitridae. Distinct from the other three, vultures are larger in size and are natural scavengers and natural cleaner, feeding typically on the remains of dead mammals and other animals. Eagles are distinguished from other broad-winged birds of prey mainly by their bigger size, more influential build, and weighty head and bill. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from the vultures. The majority of the hawks are mainly forest birds that hunt by sudden rushes from a covered perch. They usually have elongated tails and high visual insight. Pakistan is home to dozens of these Old World vultures, some migratory birds and other nest and breed in the mountains of Pakistan

References: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


Black Kite

Black Kite The Milvus migrans or the Black Kite is an average sized raptor in the family Accipitridae of Old World Vultures, which also comprises of many other diurnal birds of prey. Distinct from others of the group, they are manipulators opportunistic hunters that don’t refer to moral principles and are more expected to scavenge. They expend a lot of time soaring and gliding high in the sun in search of prey. Their slanting wing and idiosyn [...]

Black winged Kite

Black winged Kite Black winged Kites are common in Pakistan Usually located in plains near Lahore and Punjab Region. The Black-winged Kite is a species principally of open land and semi-deserts in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, but it has a toehold inside Europe in Spain and Portugal. The species range appears to be growing in southern Europe and likely in West Asia. The Black-winged Kite biologically known as Elanus caeruleus is an undersized diurna [...]

Crested Honey Buzzard

Crested Honey Buzzard Theses species are known to be traced in the coastal areas of Sindh and near IndoPak border, though more an Indian native raptor. Regardless of its name, this species is not associated to buzzards, and is taxonomically nearer to the kites. Pernis ptilorhynchus or the Crested Honey Buzzard is an Old World vulture family individual and is occasionally referred as the Oriental Honey Buzzard. It breeds from central Siberia east to Japan in Asi [...]

Indus Brahminy Kite

Indus Brahminy Kite This is a native species of Pakistan, China, Nepal, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam , Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Timor-Leste. Haliastur Indus or the Brahminy Kites prefer all terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. This species has a tremendously vast range, and thus [...]

Pallas's Fish-eagle

Pallas's Fish-eagle The Pallas's Fish-eagleis a native of Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Islamic Republic of, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, , Russian Federation, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It is very much associated with wetlands, chiefly large lakes and rivers, from the lowlands to 5,000 m. It commonly nests in trees near streams. Haliaeetus leucoryphus is found across a va [...]

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle As documented in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, this species has an extremely large range and are known to be the native raptor of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Democratic People [...]

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