Bird of prey include those species of bird which feed primarily by hunting. They have good eyesight which makes it easy for them to locate food, even from great distances.
They have strong feet equipped with talons (hooked claws) which help them grasp and even kill the prey. They have powerful and curved beaks for tearing flesh.
In addition to hunting prey, these birds feed on dead and decaying animals. Let’s see some of the birds that are referred as the bird of prey.
Eagles are a large bird of prey with a massive hooked bill and long broad wings, known for their keen sight and powerful flight. The bald eagle has become the emblem for the USA because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks.
Hawk is a bird of prey with broad rounded wings and long tail, typically taking prey by surprise with a short chase.
They are mainly woodland birds that hunt by suddenly attacking the prey from their hiding places.
Vultures are a large bird of prey with the head and neck more or less bare of feathers, feeding chiefly on dead and decaying animals.
They are reputed to gather with others in anticipation of the death of a sick or injured animal or person, so that they can eat it afterwards.
Falcons are a bird of prey with long pointed wings and a notched beak. They are quite swift flyers and typically catch the prey by diving on it from above.
Owls are nocturnal bird of prey with large eyes, a hooked beak, and typically a loud hooting call.
They fly almost silently due to their special feather structure that reduces turbulence. They have particularly acute hearing.