The purpose of this booklet is to provide enforcement staff and the general public with a fast and accurate guide to identifying native birds of prey in British Columbia. In the keys that follow, only major identification features are used to separate groups and species of birds of prey. It should be noted that the keys refer to carcasses in hand, not to live birds in the field. The keys are divided into three sections: (1) a general key separates diurnal birds of prey (vultures, ospreys, eagles, harriers, hawks and falcons) from nocturnal birds of prey (owls). It should be noted, however, that some owls are active primarily during daylight hours, (2) a specific key separates families and species of Falconiformes or diurnal birds of prey, (3) a specific key separates families and species of Strigiformes or nocturnal birds of prey. To confirm identification, additional notes are provided for all birds or prey which regularly occur in BC.
Turnbull, Graham W., Campbell, R. Wayne. 1989. Illustrated Keys to the Identification of the Birds of Prey of British Columbia, first edition. Ministry of Environment. first edition
Keywords: raptor, birds of prey, vultures, osprey, eagle, harrier, hawk, falcon, owl, identification key, bc
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