A pair of white-tailed sea eagles performing aerial courtship display at sunset

Hawk and eagle family

The hawk and eagle family is the largest of the diurnal birds of prey. Alongside the hawks and eagles are the kites, harriers and Old World vultures. In most, but not all, species the females are bigger than the males.

Scientific name: Accipitridae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Hawk and eagle family taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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