Richelieu River Valley BioKit: birds of prey

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Majestic birds of prey are present throughout the Richelieu River Valley. These carnivores at the top of the food chain eat mostly small mammals such as hares and rodents, or even fish. The main difference between birds of prey and other carnivorous birds is their impressive claws that allow them to catch and kill their prey. They also have excellent vision and are able to spot prey the size of a pigeon from a distance of more than one kilometre.

Pay attention, especially when trees are leafless, because you could see a bird of prey perched on a tree awaiting its meal!

Snowy Owl in flight

Snowy Owl in flight

© Jacques St-Jean

A Peculiar Foodie

Turkey Vultures are abundant in the region. These birds have a very unusual diet. They are scavengers, meaning that they prefer carrion, or dead animals. You can often see them flying around the peaks of the Monteregian Hills. After sunset, these vultures gather at a spot near the Richelieu River, where it's possible to see them arrive at their roost.

Turkey Vultures
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