Accipitridae is a family of birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, kites, harriers, and Old World vultures. They have strong, hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, and powerful talons. They range in size from the tiny American kestrel to the large Steller's sea eagle. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats, from deserts to wetlands, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Lifespan varies by species, but most live between 10 and 20 years. Current population estimates vary, but the family as a whole is considered to be of least concern.
Name Origin: The scientific name for the Accipitridae family of birds is derived from the Latin word accipiter, which means "hawk" or "bird of prey". This name was chosen to reflect the predatory nature of these birds, which are known for their sharp eyesight and swift hunting skills.
Related Species: Buteo jamaicensis, Buteo lagopus, Buteo platypterus, Buteo swainsoni, Buteo vulpinus, Circus cyaneus, Circus hudsonius, Circus macrourus, Circus pygargus, Elanus caeruleus, Falco biarmicus, Falco columbarius, Falco peregrinus, Falco rusticolus, Haliaeetus albicilla, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Pandion haliaetus