We assessed total mercury (THg) concentrations in breast feathers of diurnal North American raptors collected at migration monitoring stations. For 9 species in the Pacific Flyway, we found species and age influenced feather THg concentrations whereas sex did not. Feather THg concentrations µg/g dry weight (dw) averaged (least-squared mean±standard error) higher for raptors that generally consume >75% avian prey (sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter striatus: n=113; 4.35±0.45 µg/g dw, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus: n=12; 3.93±1.11 µg/g dw, Cooper’s hawk Accipiter cooperii: n=20; 2.35±0.50 µg/g dw, and merlin Falco columbarius: n=59;
1.75±0.28 µg/g dw) than for raptors that generally consume <75% avian prey (northern harrier Circus hudsonius: n=112; 0.75±0.10 µg/g dw, red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis: n=109; 0.56±0.06 µg/g dw, American kestrel Falco sparverius: n=16; 0.57±0.14 µg/g dw, prairie falcon Falco mexicanus: n=10; 0.41±0.13 µg/g dw) except for red-shouldered hawks Buteo lineatus: n=10; 1.94±0.61 µg/g dw. Feather THg concentrations spanning 13-years (2002-2014) in the Pacific Flyway differed among 3 species, where THg increased for juvenile northern harrier, decreased for adult red-tailed hawk, and showed no trend for adult sharp-shinned hawk. Mean feather THg concentrations in juvenile merlin were greater in the Mississippi Flyway (n=56; 2.14±0.18 µg/g dw) than those in the Pacific Flyway (n=49; 1.15±0.11 µg/g dw) and Intermountain Flyway (n=23; 1.14±0.16 µg/g dw), and Atlantic Flyway (n=38; 1.75±0.19 µg/g dw) averaged greater than the Pacific Flyway. Our results indicate that raptor migration monitoring stations provide a cost-effective sampling opportunity for biomonitoring environmental contaminants within and between distinct migration corridors and across time.