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Raptors and Vultures


These two groups of birds are often placed together though they are not closely related. Raptors are birds of prey, like hawks, owls and falcons, while vultures are carrion eaters.


  • Any that were attacked by another animal.
  • Any that were hit by a car.
  • Any that are easy to approach and appear lethargic
  • Injured nestlings that have fallen from their nest.
  • Any that were shot.
  • Any that have flies or ants swarming.


  • If the bird is mantling over its prey – some hawks and owls may not be willing to take their prey from where they obtained it. If you see a hawk or owl spreading its wings and is reluctant to fly away, check to see if it is protecting its food.
  • If you cannot catch it. If the bird is injured, chasing it may exacerbate its injuries or cause the bird to run into traffic. Make a note of its location and report the situation.
  • Any nestling with parents nearby. Adults are fiercely protective of their young and could attack you. If you feel the baby is too young or appears injured, call for advice.


  • BE VERY CAREFUL! These birds have sharp beaks and talons.
  • Write down the EXACT LOCATION the bird was found, including a street address and/or nearest crossroads, and a general description of the area. Raptors are extremely territorial and vultures belong to family groups.
  • DO NOT force feed any injured bird. Unskilled hands can force food/water into the lungs and excess handling can cause shock and exacerbate the bird’s injuries.
  • DO NOT feed any baby bird, even if is begging. Unskilled hands can force food/water into the lungs and an improper diet can be fatal.

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