Hawks are quick, efficient predators. They have sharp talons and strong hooked bills. While hunting, hawks may sit and watch from a perch or strike their prey in midair. When a hawk drops to attack, their talons clench automatically on impact for a quick kill.
Hawks "mantle" prey after killing, crouching and spreading their wings to form a shield that hides it from other predators. The bird may eat on the ground or carry its kill to a feeding spot, often a fencepost or tree limb.
You will see a large lump on the side of their neck when the prey is eaten and goes into the crop. The bird's crop is a large sac at the bottom of the esophagus where birds can stuff food in fast. Hours after eating, a hawk will regurgitate a small pellet of fur, feathers, and other indigestible material from the crop.
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