Birds that eat meat all share some common features, for example; large eyes, hooked beaks and sharp talons. The red kite is looked at in detail, while the buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon and golden eagle are mentioned.

This clip is from:
See You See Me, Rural Birds
First broadcast:
31 January 2008

The clip would provide a starting point for looking at variation within animal groups, birds in particular. Students could compare and contrast the bird of prey to the urban birds, identifying key features and explaining why these features are important to both species. For example: birds of prey have sharp beaks to help tear flesh off their prey, urban birds have shorter beaks mainly suited to eating nuts and fruits, or smaller insects.