Temporal range: Eocene - Recent
46 mya – present
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They are a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills (beaks). They vary accordig to their diet. They feed on prey items from insects to medium-sized mammals. Some feed on carrion and a few feed on fruit. The Accipitridae have a cosmopolitan distribution, being found on all the world's continents (except Antarctica) and a number of oceanic island groups. Some species are migratory.
Many well-known birds, such as hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures are included in this group. The osprey is usually placed in a separate family (Pandionidae), as is the secretary bird. The New World vultures are now usually a separate family or order.
References[change | change source]
- Mayr, Gerald (2009). Paleogene fossil birds. Springer. p. 159. ISBN 3540896287, 9783540896289. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=P_TB72RBLLMC&pg=PA159&lpg=PA159&dq=accipitridae+eocene&source=bl&ots=Gsey7nEw1a&sig=2erKwaffNeeYAax4uilBkXqdPXo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sv2kUuSzNaK-0QXR0IH4CA&ved=0CEkQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=accipitridae%20eocene&f=false. Retrieved 9 December 2013.