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Family Accipitridae

The accipitrids are a diverse group ranging in size from tiny sparrowhawks to the enormous cinerous vulture which is one of the heaviest flying birds. They all possess superb vision which, in some species, may be eight times more acute than in humans. They are found on all continents except Antarctica (an obvious, but familiar theme). While some, such as the Harpy Eagle, are massive, they don't quite approach the size of New Zealand's extinct Haast's eagle, Harpagornis moorei which is believed to have weighed up to 16.5 kgs.

In most accipitrids the females are significantly bigger then the males although this size differential is much less amongst those species which scavenge. Wikipedia provides more information here.

 

Accipiter rufitorques Fiji goshawk

Accipiter rufitorques, Fijian goshawk near Sigatoka

Accipiter rufitorques Fiji goshawk near Sigatoka, Vitilevu, Fiji.

Aegypius monachus Cinereous Vulture

Aegypius monachus BIRD 042 Cinereous Vulture

Aegypius monachus Cinereous Vulture, captive

Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald eagle

Bald eagle captive manipulated

Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald eagle. This image has been manipulated to remove background wire. Captive, Denver Zoo.

Haliaeetus leucogaster White-bellied sea eagle

Spilornis cheela perplexus Crested serpent eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster White-bellied sea eagle

Harpia harpyja Harpy eagle

Harpia harpyja Harpy eagle, captive, Fort Worth Zoo.

Nisaetus cirrhatus, Crested hawk eagle

Nisaetus cirrhatus, Crested hawk eagle  Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Nisaetus cirrhatus, Crested hawk eagle, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Rostrhamus sociabilis Snail kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis Snail kite with snail, Georgetown, Guyana

Rostrhamus sociabilis Snail kite, Guyana

Spilornis cheela perplexus Crested serpent eagle

Spilornis cheela perplexus Crested serpent eagle

Spilornis cheela perplexus Crested serpent eagle, captive

Stephanoaetus coronatus Crowned eagle

Stephanoaetus coronatus Crowned eagle  captive 8102

BIRD 8102 Stephanoaetus coronatus Crowned eagle, captive, Fort Worth Zoo.

Stephanoaetus coronatus Crowned eagle captive

BIRD 8099 Stephanoaetus coronatus Crowned eagle, captive, Fort Worth Zoo.

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