; class Aves)
An order of diurnal birds that have sharp claws and strong hooked bills with a basal cere. They have powerful wings, medium to long tails, and are excellent fliers. They are mainly carnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of animal prey. There are five families: Accipitridae, Cathartidae, Falconidae, Pandionidae, and Sagittariidae. They are found world-wide.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.