Definitions for "Accipitridae"
a family of birds consisting of the hawks; -- this family includes the Old World vultures; kites; harriers; and eagles.
The Accipitridae is one of the two major families within the order Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey). Many well-known birds like hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures are included in this group. Most, but not all, other raptors belong to the Falconidae, or falcon family, which is often considered a distinct order, in which case the present group would belong to the order Accipitriformes.)