About Raptors
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The term raptor comes from a Latin word. It means, to seize and carry away. A raptor is a bird that eats mainly meat and catches its prey with its feet. The raptor has strong feet, talons and a hooked beak.

There is much argument about which birds should be included. The term can apply to the eagle, hawk, falcon and osprey. It can also apply to the vulture, kite, buzzard and owl. A few people think the vulture is not a raptor. It does not catch its prey. It eats carrion and does not have strong feet. Others think the owl is not a raptor. It mostly hunts at night.

There are also arguments about the term bird of prey. Many use this term and raptor to mean the same thing. Others think it is more general. It could include any bird that hunts and eats meat.

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