Definition of bird of prey in US English:

bird of prey

noun

  • A predatory bird, distinguished by a hooked bill and sharp talons; a raptor.

    Orders Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey) and Strigiformes (the owls)

    • ‘The hen harrier is a bird of prey, belonging to the same family as hawks, vultures, and eagles.’
    • ‘Four characteristic birds of prey include the snowy owl, gyrfalcon, osprey, and rough-legged hawk.’
    • ‘Unlike birds of prey, the talons of Old World vultures are relatively weak and unsuitable as weapons of attack.’
    • ‘A characteristic bird of prey over the waters is the osprey.’
    • ‘The hen harrier is a bird of prey and can be recognised by its long legs and broad wing span some also have a ruffle of feathers around the face.’
    • ‘The term ‘silver falcon’ actually refers to a bird of prey with silver feathers underneath the wing.’
    • ‘Although owls are probably my favourite birds of prey, I love hawks as well.’
    • ‘The birds of prey may have influenced an evolutionary move toward group living and bigger body size, for example.’
    • ‘Common predators of house sparrows include cats and other mammalian predators, birds of prey, and owls.’
    • ‘That's because the teenage tearaway decided to warm up before a game in Florida by utilising an osprey for target practice, knocking the bird of prey off its perch and severely damaging its eye.’
    • ‘This poem vividly portrays the unique characteristics of the osprey, a bird of prey, which feeds on fish.’
    • ‘Some birds of prey, including barn owls, can be bought and sold legally although it is illegal to take them from the wild.’
    • ‘One of the most distinctive expressions in the chicken lexicon occurs when my fowls spot a bird of prey.’
    • ‘They have the same talons and beak structure as a bird of prey but weren't using them for this until their food source ran out.’
    • ‘If you took a parrot or a bird of prey, you'd hear it flapping its wings.’
    • ‘They shrieked with that high-pitched call that only a bird of prey can emit.’
    • ‘They often carry their prey in their bill, unlike other birds of prey that carry their prey in their talons.’
    • ‘And birds of prey do the same with dead food items, occasionally carrying on for as long as an hour.’
    • ‘The moorland blaze has come at a bad time for ground-nesting birds such as golden plovers, curlews, lapwings and merlins, a rare bird of prey.’
    • ‘The new move, which comes with the breeding season at its height, is aimed at halting the persecution of birds of prey such as peregrine falcons and goshawks.’

Pronunciation

bird of prey

/bərd əv/