Bird of prey

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The birds of prey, or raptors, found in Europe in period were:

Many similar birds are infact falcons or hawks, e.g. sparrowhawk, goshawk, hobby, harrier. Nocturnal raptors like owls aren't always considered to be birds of prey.

Birds of prey were used for falconry.

The eagle and the falcon are the only birds of prey truely represented in heraldry. All other raptors are subsumed within the rules for these birds.


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