Definitions for "Bird of prey"
Keywords:  prey, hunt, raptor, owls, hawks
A bird of prey is a bird which hunts smaller birds, as well as small mammals and rodents like mice and chipmunks. Examples include Red-Tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls.
A general term applied to eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and to the osprey. Scientists include vultures in this category. Birds of prey are flesh-eaters, usually hunt for their food (although many will eat carrion if it is available), and have talons and hooked beaks adapted for grasping and tearing meat. See RAPTOR.
A bird that feeds chiefly on meat taken by hunting. The term Raptor is often used in place of bird of prey.