Eagles, Hawks and Family

272 species

Hawks, eagles, vultures, and kites belong to the order Accipitriformes. They all have a sharply hooked beak with a soft cere housing the nostrils. Their wings are long and fairly broad, suitable for soaring flight, with the outer four to six primary feathers emarginated. They have strong legs and feet with raptorial claws and opposable hind claws. Almost all these birds of prey are carnivorous, hunting by sight during the day or at twilight. They are exceptionally long-lived, and most have low reproductive rates.
Hawks, eagles, vultures, and kites belong to the order Accipitriformes. They all have a sharply hooked beak with a soft cere housing the nostrils. Their wings are long and fairly broad, suitable for soaring flight, with the outer four to six primary feathers emarginated. They have strong legs and feet with raptorial claws and opposable hind claws. Almost all these birds of prey are carnivorous, hunting by sight during the day or at twilight. They are exceptionally long-lived, and most have low reproductive rates.