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bird of prey

any of numerous predacious, flesh-eating birds, as the eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls, having a sharp, downwardly curved beak, talons, and, usually, soaring flight.
Origin of bird of prey
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He would have had to be a bird of prey, a handsome hawk, to pry a bankbook from their fingers.
  • Object of myth and poetry, the common raven is an intelligent bird of prey.
  • Nesting platforms are also available to osprey, a bird of prey species that was almost wiped out due to pesticide poisoning.
  • The osprey is the only bird of prey to utilize this habitat where it feeds on its primary prey, fish.
  • The average falconer may spend as long as two years training a bird of prey before it is ready to hunt.
  • Events include bird hikes, wildflower hikes and a bird of prey program.
  • Albinism has been reported to occur more frequently in this species than in any other bird of prey.
  • The peregrine's temperament was unlike any other bird of prey.
  • As a bird of prey, the burrowing owl is an efficient hunter of small rodents and large insects.
  • The snail kite is an endangered bird of prey that feeds almost exclusively on apple snails.
British Dictionary definitions for bird of prey

bird of prey

a bird, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl, that hunts and kills other animals, esp vertebrates, for food. It has strong talons and a sharp hooked bill related adjective raptorial
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