Difference Between a Hawk and an Eagle

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  • A hawk and an eagle are two birds that are different in terms of size, ability, nature and characteristics. Since, these two are different in many aspects but still it is hard to easily pinpoint the difference between a hawk and an eagle.
Facts About The Hawk
  • Hawk is known as birds of prey because of their sharp talons. 

  • Hawk   One Sharp Bird: Hawks, as part of the group known as birds of prey, have acute eyesight, muscular legs and sharp bills. The nostrils are located just above the bill on a fleshy patch of skin that is called the cere. Hawks are known for their sharp talons, which they use to catch prey even when in flight.

    A Huge Family: Over 250 species are included in the hawk family. Hawks, like most birds of prey, hunt during the daytime, unlike owls.

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  • Hawks

    The term hawk is loosely used. It refers to a small to medium-size woodland bird with a long tail and keen eyesight. They watch their prey from a concealed perch. Once a hawk spots its prey, it swoops down and snatches it up. The prey doesn't recognize the danger until it's too late.

  • hawk, any of various small to medium-sized falconiform birds, particularly those in the genus Accipiter, known as the true hawks, and including the goshawks and sparrowhawks. The term hawk is often applied to other birds in the family Accipitridae (such as the kites, buzzards, and harriers) and sometimes is extended to include certain members of the family Falconidae (falcons and caracaras).


  • There are at least seventeen types of hawks in North America, all but six of these species can be found in Canada and the USA. The Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and the Swainson's Hawk live throughout portions of North America. The Common Black-Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Gray Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Hawk and the Zone-tailed Hawk can be found in the southern States and Mexico.

    Each of these hawk types have adapted themselves to survive in different habitats. From only being found in the conifers or close to them, living...

  • Hawk species in the United States normally divide between two genera, buteo and accipiter, with Buteo hawks being the more common. They share many physical similarities with eagles, although they are generally smaller and slower fliers. Most Buteo species live in open area habitat such as grasslands and prairies. The Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Swainson's, and Broad-winged hawks belong to the Buteo genus.

    Accipiters are a group of short-winged hawks that live in forest areas. Three species, the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), the Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) and the Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) are the North American...

  • There are 300 different species of Hawk around the world and divided into two categories buteo and accipiter.

  • Exploring the Different Types of HawksBy: Dachary Carey

    When you're looking for types of hawks, there plenty of different ones that you might encounter. Hawks belong to a very busy family of raptors, of which there are estimated to be almost 300 different species around the world.

    Buteo HawksButeo hawks consist of approximately 15 separate species, the most common of which is red-tailed hawks. Technically, the buteo genus also...

  • Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

    A juvenile Northern Goshawk flying over a section of woods at Shirleys Bay, near the Ottawa River, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    A side view of a juvenile...
  • Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

    A Cooper's Hawk seen flying near Greenbank Rd. in Barhaven, Ontario, Canada.

    A back view of a Cooper's Hawk perched in a tree along St. Raymond St. on a...
  • Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

    A view of a Red-tailed Hawk as it flies over a pine wooded section of the G. W. Jones State Park, in Conroe, Texas, USA.

    An immature Red-tailed Hawk seen...
  • The most common hawk in North America, red-tails can often be seen atop utility poles and other lofty perches, on the lookout for potential prey.

  • This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.
  • The Ferruginous Hawk is stated by numerous sources to be the largest hawk specie (and definitely largest in the USA).  It is commonly mistaken for an eagle to due it's wingspan and girth.  They can have a 56 inch wingspan and weigh over four pounds.


  • The smallest species of hawk is the sparrow hawk. It weighs about 2.6 to 3.7 ounces. They live 4 to 10 years and eat small birds, mammals, and insects. They are located in woods and forest habitats, mainly throughout Eastern and Central Africa. There are about 49 different species of the sparrow hawk.  

Facts About The Eagle
  • There are more than 60 different species of eagle in the world and most powerful predators in the sky. Eagles are known for their sharp eyesight which they use it to catch smaller birds, bats, small mammals and fish.

  • The eagle is a (generally) large sized bird of prey meaning that the eagle is one of the most dominant predators in the sky. Eagles are most commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere including Europe, Asia and North America. Eagles are also found on the African continent. There are more than 60 different species of eagle in the world with only 2 of these eagle species being found in the USA and Canada. However, one of these eagle species is one of the most common species of eagle, the bald eagle. Despite it's name the bald eagle has a full head of feathers but their bright white colour makes the bald eagle very distinguishable. The golden eagle is the only other species of eagle found on the American continent. The size of an eagle is dependent on...
  • FAST FACTS DESCRIPTION: No data SIZE: Most eagles are large in size, 60-90 cm (24-36 in.) in length with a 1.8 m (6 ft.) wingspan. The American harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) is the largest of all the eagles, with length of 110 cm (43.5 in.) and a 2.4 m (8 ft.) wingspan. WEIGHT: No data DIET: Varies with type of eagle - can include reptiles, fishes, birds, small to medium sized mammals, and some even feed on carrion INCUBATION: No data SEXUAL MATURITY: No data LIFE SPAN: Varies with species; both the bald eagle and the golden eagle may survive 30 or more years RANGE: Eagles can be found across most major land areas except Antarctica and New Zealand HABITAT: No data POPULATION: GLOBAL No data STATUS: IUCN The bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is listed as Threatened. Many other species of eagle are listed as Endangered. CITES Many species listed USFWS Many species listed; 3 species as Critically Endangered and 1 species as Endangered RETURN TO TOP   FUN FACTS 1.
  • Steppe Eagle Steppe Eagle, a bird of prey wikipedia  white-tailed eagle white-tailed eagle White-tailed Eagle, also known as the Sea Eagle, Erne, or White-tailed Sea-eagle, a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites, and harriers wikipedia  little eagle little eagle Little Eagle, a very small eagle native to Australasia, measuring 45–55 cm in length and weighing 815 g – roughly the size of a Peregrine Falcon wikipedia  more >
  • Did you know that a Golden Eagle has more than 7000 feathers? Or that a Bald Eagle's nest can be as tall as a house? How eagles build their nests is just one of the 14 topics in this look at the two types of eagles found in North America — the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle. Kids can find out how eagles fly, what they eat, how they hunt, what they do to protect themselves and much more. In this fascinating book in the popular and informative Kids Can Press Wildlife Series, easy-to-read text and beautiful, accurate illustrations meet the research needs of young children and satisfy their curiosity about these amazing birds.
  • Golden Eagles have wingspans of six feet or more, and hunt by vision. This one - at Terelj in the summer of 2006 - although hooded, was still rather restless.
  • Eagles – are large birds with long, broad wings. There are several species of Eagles. The majestic Bald eagle and the Golden Eagle are so stunning. The Harpy eagle is one of the largest birds which tend to be quite odd looking.

    Eagles are revered in several cultures as a symbol of strength and wisdom.

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  • The bald eagle scientific name is haliaeetus leucocephalus and it mostly found in north america and it is national bird at united states of america and it have large bodies to length is 70–102 centimeters or 28 to 40 inch  and it wingspan have between 1.8 and 2.3 meter .it female bird mostly have larger than male. It family is accipitridae.

    bald eagle

  • The eyesight of the bald eagle is four times sharper than that of a human. Despite this, eagles are scavengers and think nothing of stealing food from other species. They are also carrion eaters and often feed on dying salmon or road kill.Of the 70,000 bald eagles found in North America, 20,000 live in British Columbia. They usually lay two eggs each season. The first hatchling often kills the second. If both survive for three weeks, a truce is called. The young eagles leave the nest when they are ten weeks old. Half die from starvation during their first winter alone. The oldest recorded bald eagle was twenty-eight years old.
Hawk Vs Eagle
  • In conclusion, many minor difference between a hawk and an eagle. Hawk is typically slower in terms of flying and would basically just glide on a descent than an eagle. But in terms of wingspan the eagle have greater spans and the more powerful bird than the hawk. 


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