Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons in Oklahoma

Oklahoma boasts of many notable species of hawks, eagles, and falcons. The red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks adapt to its diverse landscapes, from grasslands to forests. The bald eagle, often found near lakes and rivers, signifies waterway health. Urban-dwelling peregrine falcons and open-country American kestrels reflect the state’s varied habitats, contributing to its avian diversity.

Hawks Eagles and Falcons in Oklahoma (OK)

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


There are two types of eagles native to Oklahoma.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle


There are ten hawk species native to Oklahoma.

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • American Goshawk
  • Harris’s Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Common Black Hawk (Accidental)
  • Gray Hawk (Accidental)
  • Zone-tailed Hawk (Accidental)

The above are true hawks living in the state belonging to the Accipiter and Buteo genera. Though the smallest in the state, the sharp-shinned hawk is highly acrobatic and athletic.



  • Osprey


  • Northern Harrier

Ohio’s eagle-watching hotspots are Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Keystone Lake & Keystone State Park, Lake Thunderbird State Park, and Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The best place to go hawk-watching is Mount Scott in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.
An extremely rare all-white (leucistic) bald eagle was spotted in Oklahoma in 2022 by a college student. The same type appeared the previous year along the Illinois River in the eastern part of the state. The Grey Snow Eagle House rehabilitates injured bald and golden eagles, highlighting the state’s conservation efforts.

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