The Order Falconiformes Is Less Unified Than Other Orders Of Birds

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The order Falconiformes is less unified than other orders of birds. Specific features of particular groups resulted from similar ways of life, which gives the Falconiformes similar adaptations. Taxonomy systems even divide this order into three orders of Vultures, Raptors and Falconids. The most frequent classification, under which 295 species are divided into 5 families: Cathartidae, Pandionidae, Accipitridae, Sagittariidae and Falconidae. Falconids (Falconidae) includes 61 species from almost all over the world. Birds of Prey have adapted to hunting for prey by having their four toes arranged in a 3:1 perching grip, their claws have evolved in to razor sharp talons that easily allow birds of prey to rip through theirs preys flesh whilst in flight. With specialised hunters such as the Accipitridae and Falconidae, their back talon is the longest and sharpest to secure the prey while in flight. Birds of prey also rely on their specialised bill and upper mandible features characteristic projections, tomial teeth and sharp hooked bills to tear the flesh of their prey. Birds of prey have proportionally larger eyes for their head and have correspondingly keen eyesight. Similar to all predators and prey, most birds of prey have slightly forward facing eyes in comparison to smaller birds that are preyed upon. Most birds of prey don’t have a sense of smell with exception to the New and Old World Vultures (Cathartidae and Accipitridae) which uses their sense of smell to scavenge

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