Amazing Birds of Prey
Birds of prey are found all over the world. They are predators that catch and eat other animals. Some common birds of prey include eagles, falcons, hawks, ospreys, owls, buzzards, and vultures.
They are usually large and strong. Most have hooked beaks and sharp claws and are excellent hunters. Birds of prey eat a great variety of animals: other birds, insects, fish, rodents, snakes, frogs, or small mammals.
Many birds of prey keep the same mate for their whole lives. They build nests in trees, on cliffs, or on the ground.
Birds of prey are helpful to people because they eat dead animals and kill rodents and other pests. But because of people several kinds are becoming extinct.
Interesting facts about birds of prey
– During the flight the bald eagle can raise its legs and continue to fly.
– Owls cannot move their eyes, they turn the head instead. There are 14 vertebrae in its neck. It happens, when owls settle in snakes’ nests.
– The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird.
– Steppe eagles feed on gophers.
– Martial eagle entered the top 10 of the world’s most fearsome birds of prey.
– Fish owl is the largest of all owls.
– On the territory of the Philippines, eagles are highly valued, so you can be imprisoning for 12 years for their murder.
– Harpy eagle is the most powerful eagle.
– Great horned owl is the most ferocious and powerful predatory bird.
– The largest of all birds of prey is the Andean condor.
– The falcon is the solar symbol of victory.
– Almost all chicks’ eyes are black, they are clearly visible on the background of their white or gray-white feathers. This is a visible sign, which encourages parents to feed their offspring. When the chick is full, it turns back to the parent. Then the bird stops feeding the chick.