Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos adult male sitting in heather, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Kites, hawks and eagles

These birds of prey have hooked bills, and vary in size from the sparrowhawk up to the white-tailed eagle.

Hawks include the bird-eating hawks such as the sparrowhawk, with broad, rounded wings and long, slender tails. Buzzards are mostly larger, longer-winged, substantial birds, which use broad wings for soaring. Eagles are much larger, with deep, arched, sharply-hooked bills, long, strong, curved claws. There are many more species outside Europe.

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