The term raptor is derived from the Latin word rapere, meaning “to seize or take by force.” These birds are characterized by their keen vision that allows them to detect their prey during flight, as well as powerful talons and beaks. The size, speed, and variety of the species have impressed birdwatchers all over the world. Yet, the ability to successfully ID raptors is a challenge, especially among the species that can be found here in southeast Arizona. Homer Hansen will demonstrate how raptors can be identified through their behavior, wing shape, and flight influence.