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    Facts about Birds of Prey

    ArticleWednesday 10 October 2012
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    Birds of Prey are amazing to watch from their feathers to their flight, but why?

    Birds of Prey differ from other birds in the way they are able to capture their prey. Birds of Prey are meat eaters and will tend to eat animals, such as, other birds or rodents, rather than worms or nuts. Instead of getting their food using their beaks, they use there feed which enables them to get a much wider source of food.

    As in all birds, Birds of Prey have adapted to their predator way and habits throughout the years. One example of this is the wingspan of the Swallow-tailed Kite; the wingspan is short and broad so they are quick and easy to direct. Another good example, is the spectacular and specifc vision of birds.

     

    To give you an idea about Birds of Prey, here are some specific facts about different species (not all are found in the UK):

    • Vultures

    Vultures are known to flock in groups of thousands to roost!

    Vultures also tend to scavenge for food, mostly eating dead meat that they spot and smell from the air rather than find prey to kill.

    •  Hawks

    A hawks vision is exceptional, at 8 times greater than a humans. 

    Hawks are monogamous; there will pair with another bird for life.  

    • Eagle

    The average wingspan of a bird varies from the great size of 6 feet to 7 feet!

    Therefore making there nests about 6 feet wide and weighing around 100 pounds.

    • Owls

    Owls can turn their heads 270° in 1 direction.

    The shape of an owls head is to maximise hearing and visibility! 

     

    Bird's of Prey found in the UK:

    [Source: wildsounds.com]

    • Osprey          
    • European Honey-Buzzard
    • Black Kite    
    • Red Kite      
    • White-tailed Eagle  
    • Hen Harrier  
    • Montagu's Harrier    
    • Eurasian Marsh Harrier          
    • Eurasian Sparrowhawk          
    • Northern Goshawk     
    • Common Buzzard    
    • Rough-legged Buzzard      
    • Golden Eagle
    • Common Kestrel       
    • Red-footed Falcon    
    • Merlin 
    • Eurasian Hobby        
    • Gyr Falcon     
    • Peregrine Falcon     
    • Barn Owl    
    • Snowy Owl   
    • Tawny Owl    
    • Little Owl    
    • Long-eared Owl       
    • Short-eared Owl   

     

    Photo by Bart Rousseau

     

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