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.

1350–1400; Middle English Unabridged
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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 billRelated: raptorial
Related: raptorial

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Example sentences
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.
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