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25-04-2010: Workshop
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Numbers in 2012:
Order / Family amount
Accipitridae 238
Cathartidae 7
Falconidae 66
Sagittariidae 1
Strigidae 186
Tytonidae 15
Total amount of birds 513
Birds of prey / owls 2010:
Status 2009 2010
Extinct 1,2 1,2
Critically Endangered 3,3 3,3
Endangered 3,5 3,3
Vulnerable 9,1 9,6
Near Threatened 12,3 12,1
Least Concern 69,6 69,5
Data deficient 1,0 1,0
Total 100,0 100,0
Occurrence per country:
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Welcome to Eaglewatch birds of prey and owls:

For ages, birds of prey strongly have been strongly because humans had no knowledge of food chains, and no understanding of the functioning of biological systems. In positive way the human understanding is changing, but there was still a massive bird of prey mortality required. Because of the use of the toxic DDT, massive numbers of birds of prey and owls were killed.

We want to give you insight in the biology of the raptor and owl. They have experienced a turbulent history. Some species are on the brink of total eradication as a result of man. Of all 518 birds of prey and owls, 30% are threatened. We hope this information and beautiful pictures will result in a better understanding of these beautiful animals.

Raptors and owls are contributing to the stability and balance in nature. They hunt sustainably. The supply of prey regulates the state of birds of prey and owls. Is there a mouse-rich year, the common-kestrel respond with many youngs and sometimes a second egg-laying. This is in itself a sufficient reason for astonishment, admiration!

In the Netherlands we can again enjoy the common species as kestrel and buzzard. The goshawk and the sparrowhawk are often spotted. The osprey is now a familiar winter visitor.

Unfortunately not all the raptors pass as well. Species like the gray and blue harrier nest in small numbers. Their habitat is vulnerable, the birds are threatened.

Eaglewatch offers information on all types of raptors and owls, from all around the world. The sparrow hawks (Accipitriformes) falcons (Falconiformes), vultures of the New World (Cathartiformes) and owls (Strigiformes) are addressed. You can view the birds select for Dutch or Latin name and a continent to prevent viewing. Europe offers you the opportunity to select them for each country.

Questions, such as recognition, distribution, preparation, wingspan, weights, care of the boy nest, reproduction, diseases, are described on this site.

Birds of prey and owls belong to the order of the birds (Aves). Birds are a class of chordates (Chordata) with at least 9800 species, all two characteristics in common: they have wings and feathers.

Falconiformes or Accipitriformes:

The Falconiformes contains four orders: (316 birds)
- Cathartae: Vultures of the New World and condors (7 birds of prey)
- Accipitres: Eagle, hawk, sparrow, vulture, buzzard (241 birds of prey)
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Stagittarii: Secretarybird (1 bird)
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Falconae: Caracara and falcons (66 birds of prey)

Strigiformes:

The Strigiformes contains two sub-orders: (202 owls)
- Tytonidae: Church Owls and grass owls (15 owl species)
- Strigidae: Eagle-owl, Fish owl, Snowy owl, Short-eared owl. (187 owls)

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