Falconiformes are small to medium sized, usually diurnal birds with hooked bills with a cere (soft mass) near the base and long raptor-like talons. They are capable hunters that go after a variety of prey e.g. insects, birds or mammals.
As opposed to killing their prey with their talons as hawks do, they use their beaks instead. They have long broad wings used for soaring. Female birds are normally bigger than the male ones.
These birds have excellent eyesight. There is little difference in the plumage of males and females. These birds monogamous and pairs breed usually only once per year.
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