Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons in Alaska

Magnificent birds of prey like eagles, falcons, and hawks can be found in the virgin wilderness of America’s northernmost state. The Northern Frontier’s diverse landscapes and abundant prey offer an ideal habitat for these apex predators. While most of these species are native to the state, few are accidental visitors.

The hawks of Alaska live in various habitats and show remarkable adaptations to survive in the rugged landscapes. Of eagles, the bald eagle is more common in Alaska than in any other US State, with more than 30,000 individuals living here. It is the most enormous bird of prey in Alaska.

Hawks Eagles and Falcons in Alaska (AK)

List of Different Types of Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons in Alaska


Eagles are among the largest raptors in the state, belonging to the family Accipitradae. The most common native species are enlisted here, while the Steller’s sea eagle and white-tailed eagle are rare Asian vagrants of Alaska.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle


  • Northern Goshawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Swainson’s Hawk


Alaska has four falcon species native to the state. The Eurasian Hobby and Eurasian Kestrel are accidental species and extremely rare in the state. 


  • Osprey


  • Northern Harrier

The best places to see bald eagles in Alaska are the Denali National Park, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Homer Spit, Alaska Raptor Center, Tongass National Forest, Turnagain Arm, Kenai River, and Anchor River State Recreation Area. The Alaska Zoo houses the magnificent red-tailed and sharp-shinned hawks.

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