Raptors: the birds of prey
Anyone who has seen a soaring hawk, witnessed a falcon swoop down on prey, or watched an eagle on its perch knows the awesome beauty and power of a raptor. This is the first comprehensive guide to the biology, ecology and conservation of diurnal (daytime hunting) birds of prey, assembling all the facts and fables about these mysterious and glorious birds. Over 100 full-color photos.
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WHAT Is A RAPTOR? 2 5 BEHAVIOR
EvOLuTION AND DISTRIBUTION 36 7 sQ1AL STRUCTURE
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 42 QOURmp AND BREEDING
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