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Barn Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Most commonly associated with barns and other structures built by humans, barn owls hunt for small mammals over agricultural fields, marshes, and other grassy habita…

American Kestrel

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Though found year round throughout most of the contiguous United States, the American kestrel is listed as a species of high conservation concern in Alabama. With ru…

The History and Use of Kudzu in the Southeastern United States

Kudzu is an aggressive vine familiar to most people across the southeastern United States. It is a classic example of a plant that was introduced with good intentions, but that has resulted in many bad outcomes. Landowners know all…

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Control Options for Chinese Privet

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) and other invasive privets in the genus Ligustrum are a serious problem for many homeowners, farmers, foresters, and land managers in Alabama. 

Privet control often seems insurmountable because of its …

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Northern Harrier

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Though most raptors hunt from high above, the northern harrier is frequently seen hunting just a few feet above the ground in marshes and grasslands. Commonly referr…

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Averaging less than 7 ounces, the sharp-shinned hawk is one of Alabama’s smallest raptors. Most of Alabama falls only within its winter range, but they are found y…

Broad-Winged Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

With similar habitat preferences to the red-shouldered hawk, the broad-winged hawk can sometimes be difficult to distinguish, but several characteristics set it apar…

Common Birds of Prey in Alabama

A bird of prey, as their name indicates, is any species of bird that hunts other animals such as small mammals, fish, and other birds for food. Birds of prey are commonly referred to as raptors and possess powerful, sharp talons and hooked …

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Red-Shouldered Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Typically about half the size of the red-tailed hawk, the red-shouldered hawk is most often found in floodplain forests. Features distinguishing the red-shouldered h…

Red-Tailed Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Almost anyone who has ever taken a long car ride has probably seen a red-tailed hawk. This species, which is frequently seen perched along telephone lines or in tree…

Mississippi Kite

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

With a North American range limited to the southeastern and central United States, the Mississippi kite is a fairly uncommon raptor. As with the swallow-tailed kite,…

Swallow-Tailed Kite

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

The swallow-tailed kite is listed as a species of high conservation concern in Alabama and is uncommon across its range in North America. These birds are found in th…

Osprey

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Feeding exclusively on fish, ospreys are usually found along coasts, lakes, and other large bodies of open water. At an average weight of 3.5 pounds, the osprey is a…

Bald Eagle

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR-1386.

Given its status as the national symbol, the bald eagle is one of the most easily identifiable raptors in the United States. At an average weight of 9.5 pounds, bald eag…

Management Options for Chinese Tallowtree

Chinese tallowtree, Triadica sebifera (L.) Small, is one of the most invasive trees in the southeastern United States. It is a classic example of a plant introduced into the United States with good intentions but with very bad outcomes. 

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