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Florida Raptors

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey is home to over 50 non-releasable raptors. Each is an ambassador for their species and has a unique story of why they are here. Most of Florida’s raptors are found in our state year round, however there are always exceptions (Kites, Merlin Falcons and Peregrine Falcons migrate through Florida). To learn more, below are some of the most common raptors found throughout in Florida.

To learn more about some of our resident birds please visit our Adopt-A-Raptor page.

Barn Owl

Latin:  Tyto alba

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Barred Owl

Latin:  Strix varia

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Great Horned Owl

Latin:  Bubo virginianus

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Eastern Screech-Owl

Latin:  Megascops asio

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Mississippi Kite

Latin:  Ictinia mississippiensis

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Cooper's Hawk

Latin:  Accipiter cooperii

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Short-tailed Hawk

Latin:  Buteo brachyurus

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Snail Kite

Latin:  Rostrhamus sociabilis

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