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Falconiformes (eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey, secretary bird, vultures; class Aves) An order of diurnal birds that have sharp claws and strong hooked bills with a basal cere. They have powerful wings, medium to long tails, and are excellent fliers. They are mainly carnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of animal prey. There are five families: Accipitridae, Cathartidae, Falconidae, Pandionidae, and Sagittariidae. They are found world-wide.