Accipitriformes and Gruiformes

These two are not much alike however, they are close on the taxonomic line.  There aren’t too many species representing these two orders in Arkansas even though globally they are very prolific.

Accipitriformes are another group of unresolved taxonomic issues.  The New World vultures are included in this order here and have been historically but recently they are put in their own order.  The Eagles and Hawks are similar but then there are the Kites and the Harrier which are similar but still somewhat different.  Since there is confusion in their grouping I won’t list families but just tell you that there are vultures, eagles, kites, harriers, accipiter hawks, buteo hawks, and the enigmatic osprey and they will be listed in that order.

  • Black Vulture (Yr/C)
  • Turkey Vulture (Yr/C)
  • Bald Eagle (Yr/C)
  • Golden Eagle (Wi/R)
  • Mississippi Kite (Br/C)
  • Northern Harrier (Wi/C)
  • Cooper’s Hawk (Yr/C)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Wi/C)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Yr/C)
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (Yr/C)
  • Broad-winged Hawk (Br/C)
  • Swainson’s Hawk (Mi/R)
  • Broad-winged Hawk (Wi/U)
  • Osprey (Is seen in all the seasons but not consistently.  Most consistently seen in Migration/C)
Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The gruiformes are a diverse group that has a handful of representatives.  These will be divided by family because they can be quite different.


  • Sandhill Crane (Mi-Wi/R)
  • Whooping Crane (Mi/Very Rare)


  • American Coot (Yr/C)
  • Common Gallinule (Br/U)
  • Purple Gallinule (Br/U)
  • Virginia Rail (Wi/U)
  • King Rail (Br/U)
  • Yellow Rail (Mi/R)
American Coot

American Coot




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