World’s Most Magnificent Birds of Prey

A collection of the most beautiful, stunning, and deadly birds in our wonderful world.

Birds of prey are exactly that: birds that hunt for food. They are also known as raptors. Their speed, agility, and power are one of the most beautiful things on our planet. Here is a collection of some of the most magnificent.

1. Black-Thighed Falconet

This is one of the world’s smallest birds of prey. It is a mere 5-6 inches long and feeds on small birds and insects. They typically hunt in forests or other wooded area. They are beautiful birds with black wings and backs, a white throat, and a stunning golden-red belly.

2. African Pygmy-falcon

The African Pygmy-falcon is the smallest raptor that can be found on the continent. They are typically less than 20 inches in length, and live in brush. These birds sometimes demonstrate polyandry, a situation in which more than two adults live together, for reasons such as safety and warmth. They all possess an array of vivid colors and a stunning grace about them.

3. Osprey

This gorgeous killer is dispersed all over our world. It is more commonly known as the sea hawk, and fish are the only thing the osprey cares to wrap its menacing talons around. They can grow to 27 inches in length, and weigh in at just under 5 pounds. Their multi-colored wings and head are simply a marvelous sight. They have a defined call, which sounds like cheep, cheep.

4. Eastern Screech Owl

This very unique looking bird of prey is a sight to behold. They primarily feast on a wide range of insects, including beetles and cicadas, and small mammals such as rabbits. They live in forested tree cavities, and are completely nocturnal, as is a common trait with most owls. The picture shown is a screech owl in “red phase”, though the Megascoops asio goes through a “grey phase” as well. They sport beautiful patterns on their plumage, ear tuffs, and big round eyes.

5. Black Kite

Kites have large wings and relatively weak legs. They can be found soaring high up in the sky searching for fish and carrion in parts of Eurasia and Australia. It is interesting to note that Black Kites mainly live in cities, and will also eat food it can find from the human world, sometimes even snatching it directly out of unsuspecting people’s hands. Their dark feathers distinguish it from the Red Kite, and resemble a falcon in some parts. Just take a look at the intricate designs on the underside of the wings. The grace and awe of this bird is simply astounding.

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6 Responses to “World’s Most Magnificent Birds of Prey”
  1. Dave Says...

    On January 27, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Philippine eagle is more stunning one of the Largest and most powerful birds in the world, the only eagle specie with blue-gray eyes and beak as opposed to brown, black or yellow.


  2. crogers Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Thank you. As always, there’s a lot on the list, it’s just so hard to narrow it down! Something always gets left out.


  3. bert Says...

    On February 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I think the African pygmy-falcon is like 18-20 cm in length not 20 inches otherwise it would be bigger than the Peregrine falcon and 20 inches woldn’t be called a pygmy.


  4. Adam Says...

    On March 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve read about the Philippines monkey-eating eagle and I must say the eagle is magnificent in itself! Its head similar to a lion’s. harpy eagle is amazing too!


  5. Heinz Says...

    On June 2, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I’ve seen this bird and I would agree with Dave!

    Link: http://www.carnivoraforum.com/index.cgi?board=video&action=display&thread=5866


  6. Karel Says...

    On August 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

    The picture that is shown as being the African pygmy falcon is in fact of the Rednecked falcon (Falco chicquera). The Pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) is much smaller than the red necked and can be recognized by it’s red feet.


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