Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons in Georgia

Georgia boasts a rich variety of raptors, encompassing hawks, eagles, and falcons. These birds of prey are pivotal in the state’s ecosystems, controlling pest populations and indicating ecological health. The majestic bald eagle and the regal red-tailed hawk are prominent residents. At the same time, the peregrine falcon’s incredible speed and the northern harrier’s unique hunting style contribute to the state’s avian diversity.

Hawks Eagles and Falcons in Georgia (GA)

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


There are only two types of eagles native to Georgia.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle


  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Accidental)
  • American Goshawk (Accidental)
  • Short-tailed Hawk (Accidental)
  • Swainson’s Hawk (Accidental)

Red-tailed hawks are the largest in Georgia and live here all year round. On the other hand, sharp-shinned hawks are the smallest. Though the population of the red-shouldered hawks has increased over the last 50 years in the state, habitat loss is a looming threat to the species. Georgia falls in the breeding range of broad-winged hawks.


Compared to the hawks, the falcon species in Georgia are smaller in number. It is also more challenging to spot them. The peregrines are mostly found in major cities like Atlanta, where the skyscrapers offer abundant high ledges to perch and hunt from. Plus, they are filled with their favorite food – pigeons! The southern third of the state forms the wintering ground of merlins.


  • Osprey


  • Northern Harrier

Bird-watching enthusiasts can have a great time observing the hawks in their natural habitats, like woodlands, marshes, grasslands, and high ridges, during the breeding season and winter migration periods when they are plentiful in numbers. The Tallulah Gorge State Park is the only natural nesting site of peregrines and is a great place to view them.

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