Raptors of Falconry – Oregon

Falconers have flown 4 types of raptors for thousands of years. These groups have more recent scientific classification, but have been known to falconers as longwings, broadwings, shortwings, and eagles for hundreds of years. More recently, falconers have expanded to fly different species of owls. In Oregon, we trap birds from the wild and use raptors propagated in captive breeding programs. Click here for a slideshow of falconry birds and falconry in action. Below is a list of raptors used in falconry. Click on each species for a picture.

LONGWINGS (Falcons):
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Saker
Aplomado
Barbary
Red-naped Shaheen
Merlin
American Kestrel

BROADWINGS (Buteos, Parabuteos, Soaring Hawks):
Ferruginous Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Harris Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

SHORTWINGS (Accipiters, Forest Hawks/True Hawks):
Northern Goshawk
European (or Finnish) Goshawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk

EAGLES:
Golden Eagle

OWLS:
Great-horned Owl

OTHERS:
There are many species of falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls from around the world that are allowed in Oregon if they originate from captivity (Captive Bred). The ones listed above are the more commonly used falconry birds, and most of these are being flown by falconers in Oregon.