bird of prey
- any of numerous predacious, flesh-eating birds, as the eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls, having a sharp, downwardly curved beak, talons, and, usually, soaring flight.[1350-1400; ME]
* * *Any member of the order Falconiformes (eagles, falcons, hawks, and vultures) or Strigiformes (owls).Falconiforms are also called raptors. They are active during the day, whereas owls are nocturnal. Condors and eagles are among the largest and strongest of flying birds. All birds of prey have a hook-tipped beak and sharp curved claws called talons. (Nonpredatory vultures have less-developed talons.) Despite the similarities between owls and raptors, many authorities believe they are not closely related but developed similar features because of their similar predatory lives.
* * *▪ birdany bird that pursues other animals for food. Birds of prey are classified in two orders: Falconiformes (falconiform) and Strigiformes (owl). Diurnal birds of prey—hawks, eagles, vultures, and falcons (Falconiformes)—are also called raptors (raptor), derived from the Latin raptare, “to seize and carry off.” (In a broader sense, the name raptor is sometimes synonymous with the designation “bird of prey.”) The nocturnal birds of prey are the owls (Strigiformes). The condors (species of vultures) and the eagles are among the largest and strongest of birds. All birds of prey have hook-tipped beaks and sharp curved claws (claw) called talons (in nonpredatory vultures the talons are present but atrophied). In spite of the similarities between the two groups, many authorities believe that they are not closely related, but rather that they developed similar methods of living a predatory life.
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