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Long-billed Curlew

The striking Long-billed Curlew is another species of concern associated with declining grasslands. It is one of only 9 species that are considered to be endemic to the grasslands of the Great Plains. While the species does not nest on Otero Mesa, it certainly uses the area in migration and during the winter. There is hardly a...

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle, scientific name: Aquila chrysaetos is a large solitary, predatory bird both admired and hunted because of their beautiful plumage. Their average length measures 32 inches and average wingspan is 78 inches. Golden Eagle feathers are a favorite item on the black market and the largest threat to the eagle is hunting and poaching. The Golden eagle...

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl, scientific name: Bubo virginianus, also known as the “winged tiger” measures 18-25 inches in length and has an average wingspan of 48 inches. The Great Horned Owl is a highly adaptable species and can be found in various climates throughout all of North America and some parts of South America as well. The owl...

American Avocet

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American Coot

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American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch...

American Kestrel

American Kestrel...

American Pipit

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Baird’s Sparrow

Baird's Sparrow...

Cooper’s Hawk

The Cooper's hawk, scientific name: Accipiter cooperii is a medium sized hawk ranging anywhere from 15.5-20.5 inches in length with a 28-25 inch wingspan. The Cooper's hawk is a short-distance migrant. They are notorious for being primarily bird eaters and also stand out because of their methods of hunting and killing prey. The Cooper's hawk uses its...

American Robin

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American Wigeon

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