Order Accipitriformes

Family Accipitridae

Hawks, Eagles
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  • Small to large diurnal birds of prey, with hooked bill and fleshy cere, powerful legs and feet, sharp, curved claws, and often broad wings; keen vision.
  • All regions except Antarctic; almost all zones support numerous species, but only one occurs in N Arctic.
  • All habitats, from forests to wetlands, sub-deserts, tundra, high mountains and urban areas.
  • 20-150 cm.
  • 69 genera, 248 species, 546 taxa.
  • 54 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Thiollay, J.M. (2020). Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52213 on 19 January 2020).