Falconiformes (Hawks and Eagles)

The order Falconiformes contains three families, around 76 genera and over 300 species. The birds of this order have strong, curved talons, and bills with hooked tips and sharp edges. They are collectively known as raptors or birds of prey, but individually they are the hawks, eagles, kites and falcons. The members of the order Falconiformes have keen vision and are strong flyers, which makes them good hunters. They prey on snakes, invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals.

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  • The turkey vulture ranges throughout much of the United States and Mexico. Outwardly, this large bird may resemble a hawk or eagle, but has been recently re-classified as a member of the stork family. The turkey vulture feeds primarily on carrion but may occasionally catch small prey. A wounded turk..