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Birds of Prey

Many birds eat other animals such as worms and insects but not all are known as birds of prey, or raptors. The term raptor is derived from the Latin word rapere meaning to seize or take by force. Typically, birds of prey seize prey with their feet, holding or even killing it with long, strong talons. They often have large, curved beaks and keen vision that allows them to detect their prey during flight. Prey may include mammals, other birds and even fish.

Eagles

Some of the world's largest raptors

Falcons

Fast flying raptors

Hawks

Agile, powerful flyers, hawks have broad wings and wide tails for manoeuvrability

Owls

Diverse species from around the world