Bird of prey
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British pronunciation/bˈɜːd ɒv pɹˈeɪ/
American pronunciation/bˈɜːd ʌv pɹˈeɪ/
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a bird, such as an eagle or a hawk, that feeds on animal flesh

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What is a "bird of prey"?

A bird of prey, also known as a raptor, is a predatory bird that is specialized in hunting and killing prey. These birds have strong, sharp talons, a hooked beak, and excellent eyesight, which make them highly effective hunters. They feed on a wide range of prey, including other birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and even insects. Birds of prey species include eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, and kites. They are typically characterized by their keen eyesight, powerful wings, and sharp talons that they use to catch and kill their prey. Many birds of prey species are apex predators, meaning they are at the top of the food chain and have few natural predators. They play an important role in maintaining ecological balance and are often considered a symbol of strength and power.

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The swift bird of prey would often skim the treetops as it sought its prey in the dense forest.
The bald eagle is an indigenous bird of prey in North America, symbolizing strength and freedom.
The falconer has spent years taming birds of prey for hunting.
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