Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons in Colorado

Colorado ranks among the top nature hubs of the United States not only because of its diverse landscapes but also because it is home to unique flora and fauna. The raptors living in this state, mainly the eagles, hawks, and falcons, come in all shapes and sizes, live in various habitats, and have widely differing food habits.

Hawks Eagles and Falcons in Colorado (CO)

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


There are only two types of eagles calling the state home.


The rough-legged hawk is one of the largest in Colorado, with its wingspan reaching almost 5 ft across! The Cooper’s hawk, on the other hand, is the commonest in the state.

  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk


The American kestrel is the smallest falcon in Colorado, while the peregrine falcon is the fastest. The American kestrel and prairie falcon can be seen year-round in Colorado. Winter is the best time to see the merlin, and the same is summer for the peregrine falcon.

  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Prairie Falcon

Colorado’s rare or accidental falcons are the crested caracara and the gyrfalcon.


  • Osprey


  • Northern Harrier

The Mueller State Park and Yellowstone National Park are excellent places to see the hawks though you can spot them almost anywhere with abundant hunting grounds and perching locations. The bald eagle can be seen in all its glory in Barr Lake, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Lake Pueblo, and John Martin Reservoir.

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