Red Dead Redemption 2 Bird of Prey Locations - Eagle, Hawk, Owl

Birds of prey are a subset of animals in Red Dead Redemption 2. They’re hunting birds – eagles, hawks, owls and such. You’ll need to kill three of them with a tomahawk for the weapons expert challenge no.3. A lot of players are having trouble finding them, but there are several locations where they appear in relatively large numbers. This guide is going to show you Red Dead Redemption 2 bird of prey locations, so you can complete the challenge.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Bird of Prey Locations – Eagle, Hawk, Owl

Where to find birds of prey in RDR2?

Since the game doesn’t specify which birds of prey you need to kill, you can mix and match as you like. You’ll find the most eagles on the eastern coast of lake Owanjila, near the western edge of the map. There’s also a group living by the Dakota River, halfway between Valentine and Strawberry. The last hotspot is in the northeastern corner of the map, near Annesburg. Hawks are a bit more rare – you’ll find a group by the river southwest of Strawberry, and another by the Elysian Pool, the small lake southwest of Annesburg. Your best bet might actually be owls – there’s a large piece of land west of Blackwater where you can find a whole bunch of them, but they only come out at night.

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Since you need to hunt them with a tomahawk, which is not the easiest weapon to handle, you might want to lure them in using bait. For instance, you can leave a freshly killed deer in a hawk habitat, and watch it from a safe distance. A bird should come soon enough to feed. Owls go for smaller prey, so leave a squirrel or a rabbit and your target should bite the bait.

If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.

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  1. S

    Far simpler to kill crows and ravens, which are everywhere and will be on a carcass within 30 seconds.

    They’re birds of prey in game and irl.

    1. K

      I would love to hear of a credible source categorizing either of those as birds of prey IRL.

      1. J

        Definitely surprising, but they do count in the game. I guess they’re just including all meat-eating, scavenging birds.

      2. S

        What do you think ‘bird of prey’ means, if not birds who prey on other animals? Crows and ravens have always been considered birds of prey… just because they scavenge as well doesn’t mean anything. Vultures are also birds of prey and mainly feed on carrion.

        1. K

          I hope you don’t mind, I merged both your comments for clarity’s sake.

          Again, considered by whom? The sources I consulted (one of which is the Encyclopedia Britannica) didn’t list any corvids as birds of prey, so I’m going to stand by what I said until I’m actually proven wrong.

          1. F

            A raven is indeed not a bird of prey, it is a songbird (or a perching bird).

  2. S

    A raven does count as bird of prey my husband just did and does count as bird of prey!!!!.

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