The Accipitridae, one of the two major families within the orderAccipitriformes (the diurnalbirds of prey), are a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills and variable morphology based on diet. They feed on a range of prey items from insects to medium-sized mammals, with a number feeding on carrion and a few feeding on fruit. The Accipitridae have a cosmopolitan distribution, being found on all the world's continents (exceptAntarctica) and a number of oceanic island groups. Some species are migratory.
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