Do you know what is a bird of prey? Birds of prey are birds which feed on other animals. They catch and eat animals that are usually smaller than them-selves, on the ground, in the air, or in water. Not all bother to chase their prey. Some prefer feeding on the flesh of animals already dead.
Birds of prey have strong wings and are powerful fliers: some-the vultures-have mastered the art of soaring flight. They all have curved talons for grabbing and holding their prey, and large hooked beaks for tearing at flesh.
What is a bird of prey?
There are several different methods of hunting. Where there is sufficient cover, some eagles hide in a tree and wait for their prey to wander into a clearing. Where the ground is more open, kestrels and other birds of prey hover over likely places, scouring the ground for the slightest tell-tale movement of a mouse or vole.
Over undulating country a slow gliding flight at low level may be used by harriers to cover a wide area with the minimum effort. Carrion eaters soar on outstretched wings at considerable heights for hours on end, peering down for animals already dead, or one about to die. In contrast, small birds of prey like the Sparrowhawk dash at high speed through trees and along hedgerows, hoping to surprise a smaller creature. Buzzards, eagles, falcons, harriers, hawks and vultures comprise the birds of prey; owls also catch smaller animals but they are usually treated separately.
Why do birds of prey have bare feet?
Birds of prey kill with their feet. Some also use the beak but the sharp curved talons of the feet are the man killing weapon. The rear and inside talons are usually larger than the middle and outer talons, and with these the bird exerts a strong pincer grip on the prey.
The neck of the creature is dislocated or it is fatally pierced or crushed, but however it dies it is soon torn to pieces by the beak. This is a messy way of feeding and if the feet of a bird of prey were feathered they would soon become matted and bloodstained. Most have bare feet since these are much easier to keep clean.
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