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Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes


The Accipitriformes is an order that has been proposed to include most of the diurnal birds of prey: hawks, eagles, vultures, and many others, about 225 species in all. For a long time, the majority view has been to include them with the falcons in the Falconiformes, but some authorities have recognized a separate Accipitriformes.[1][2][3][4] A recent DNA study has indicated that falcons are not closely related to the Accipitriformes but are instead related to parrots and passerines[5] so the split has been adopted by the American Ornithologists' Union's South American Checklist Committee[6] and the International Ornithological Congress (IOC)[7].

The DNA-based proposal and the IOC classification include the New World vultures in the Accipitriformes,[5] and is followed in this article. The SACC classifies the New World vultures as a separate order.[6] The placement of these birds has been unclear since the early 1990s.


Accipitriformes are known from the Middle Eocene (the possibly basal genus Masillaraptor from the Messel Pit) and typically have a sharply hooked beak with a cere (soft mass) on the proximodorsal surface, housing the nostrils. Their wings are long and fairly broad, suitable for soaring flight, with the outer 4–6 primaries emarginated.

Accipitriformes have strong legs and feet with raptorial claws and an opposable hind claw. Almost all Accipitriformes are carnivorous, hunting by sight during the day or at twilight. They are exceptionally long-lived, and most have low reproductive rates.

The young have a long, very fast-growing fledgling stage, followed by 3–8 weeks of nest care after first flight, and 1 to 3 years as sexually immature adults. The sexes have conspicuously different sizes and sometimes a female is more than twice as heavy as her mate. This sexual dimorphism is sometimes most extreme in specialized bird-eaters, such as the Accipiter hawks, and borders on non-existent among the vultures. Monogamy is the general rule, although an alternative mate is often selected if one dies.

If the New World vultures are included, the Accipitriformes are among the most diverse orders in size, from the small sparrowhawks to the condors. The Andean Condor has the largest wingspan of any Accipitriformes and is one of the largest of all living birds.


Order Accipitriformes


  1. ^ Voous, K.H. (1973). "List of Recent Holarctic Bird Species. Non-Passerines". Ibis 115: 612-638. 
  2. ^ Cramp, Stanley (1980). Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic – Hawks to Bustards. Oxford University Press. pp. 3, 277. ISBN 019857505X. 
  3. ^ Ferguson-Lees, James; Christie, David (2001). Raptors of the World. Princeton University Press. p. 69. ISBN 0-618-12762-3. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  4. ^ Christidis, Les; Boles, Walter E. (2008). Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0643065113. Retrieved 2010-01-14.  Includes a review of recent literature on the controversy.
  5. ^ a b Hackett, Shannon J., et al. (27 June 2008). "A Phylogenomic Study of Birds Reveals Their Evolutionary History". Science 320 (5884): 1763–1768. doi:10.1126/science.1157704. Retrieved 20 December 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Remsen, J. V., Jr., C. D. Cadena, A. Jaramillo, M. Nores, J. F. Pacheco, M. B. Robbins, T. S. Schulenberg, F. G. Stiles, D. F. Stotz, and K. J. Zimmer. Version 11 December 2008. A classification of the bird species of South America (section "ACCIPITRIDAE (HAWKS) 3" note 1). American Ornithologists' Union. Accessed 2008-12-14.
  7. ^ Gill, F.; D. Donsker. "IOC World Bird List (version 2.4)". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 


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Proper noun


  1. A taxonomic order, within subclass Neognathae - diurnal birds of prey.

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familiae: Accipitridae - Pandionidae - Falconidae - Sagittariidae

Fossil familiae



Falconiformes (Sharpe, 1874)

Vernacular names

Česky: Dravci
Dansk: Falke-ordenen
Deutsch: Greifvögel
Ελληνικά: Ιερακόμορφα
English: Raptors
Español: Rapaces
Esperanto: Falkoformaj birdoj
Euskara: Arrano
Frysk: Rôffûgels
한국어: 매목
Հայերեն: Բազեանմաններ
Hrvatski: Sokolovke
Íslenska: Fálkungar
Italiano: Accipitriformes
עברית: דורסי יום
ქართული: შავარდნისნაირნი
Latina: Falconiformes
Lietuvių: Sakaliniai paukščiai
Limburgs: Roufveugel
Magyar: Sólyomalakúak
Nederlands: Roofvogels
日本語: タカ目
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Rovfugler
Polski: Szponiaste
Português: Rapina diurnas
Русский: Соколообразные
Slovenčina: Sokolotvaré
Slovenščina: Ujede
Suomi: Jalohaukat
Svenska: Rovfåglar
Türkçe: Gündüz yırtıcıları
Українська: Соколоподібні
中文: 隼形目
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