The Falconiformes are the diurnal birds of prey (i.e. they hunt during the day). They are carnivorous and typically have sharp, hooked beaks, strong legs and feet with raptorial claws as adaptions towards this predatory lifestyle. Their wings are generally long and broad and are designed for soaring. They have good eyesight for detecting prey. There are about 290 species of Falconiformes including eagles and hawks.
Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05
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