Wild Birds

Accipitrinae – Birds of Prey

The genus Accipitrinae is often referred to as the “true” hawks.

These are primarily woodland birds that hunt by sudden dashes from a hidden perch.

A Northern Goshawk on Landing Accipitrinae
A Northern Goshawk on Landing Accipitrinae

They have long tails, broad wings, and high visual acuity. Indeed, hawks are said to have a vision that is several times as sharp as that of humans.

They are popular in the sport of falconry – that involves taming and training a bird of prey to hunt.

Species in taxonomic order

Subfamily Accipitrinae

Genus Accipiter

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