If it is a falcon, it will have a distinctive "tooth" on the
cutting surface of the upper bill.
Beyond that you'll have to follow Peter's advice.
At 14:18 21/03/2001 +1000, you wrote:
>re your raptor skull:
>I suspect that measurements alone will not be enough to identify the skull. It
>probably will require comparison of size and shape of various component parts.
>The conformation of the upper and lower mandibles is particularly informative -
>and you may be able to identify it by comparison with photographs of your local
>species, eg Whistling Kite has a fairly distinctive beak. However, for a
>definitive identification I suggest that you take the specimen to Rory O'Brien
>at the Melbourne Museum - he can then compare it directly to skulls of all Aust
>In answer to your second question - can it be kept or used for educational
>purposes - the strict answer is not without a permit from the Dept of Natural
>Resources and Environment. In Victoria, the Wildlife Act 1975 prohibits
>possession and trade in wildlife without a permit. And wildlife is defined very
>broadly to include any part of indigenous animals, dead or alive, cooked or
>so strictly speaking you cannot even collect feathers!
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