Hawks, kites, eagles

A common question asked is how you differentiate between Hawks, kites, eagles and Vultures. Well, it’s hard to do so by just having a sight of one unless you have good enough knowledge but it can be guessed based upon their size, they all belong to the same family of Old World vultures the Accipitridae.

Distinct from the other three, vultures are larger in size and are natural scavengers and natural cleaner, feeding typically on the remains of dead mammals and other animals.

Eagles are distinguished from other broad-winged birds of prey mainly by their bigger size, more influential build, and weighty head and bill. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from the vultures.

The majority of the hawks are mainly forest birds that hunt by sudden rushes from a covered perch. They usually have elongated tails and high visual insight.

Pakistan is home to dozens of these Old World vultures, some migratory birds and other nest and breed in the mountains of Pakistan

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