bird of prey

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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 bill
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bird of prey

[′bərd əv ′prā]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of various carnivorous birds of the orders Falconiformes and Strigiformes which feed on meat taken by hunting.
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