Accipitridae

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Accipitridae
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Red Goshawk


Young Red Goshawk
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Subfamilies

Elaninae
Perninae
Milvinae
Accipitrinae
Buteoninae
Aegypiinae
Circinae
Circaetinae

The Accipitridae is one of the two main families within the order Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey). Many well-known birds like hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures are included in this group. (Most, but not all, other raptors belong to the Falconidae, or falcon family, which is often raised to the level of an independent order.)

Largely because of the explosive impact of modern molecular biology, the current classification of the Accipitridae is confused, with different authorities placing them in different orders. The Osprey is often placed in a separate family Pandionidae, and the New World vultures are also usually now regarded as separate.

For an alternative taxonomy, see also Sibley-Alquist taxonomy. See also list of birds.de:Habichtartige eo:Akcipitredoj fr:Accipitridae it:Accipitridi he:נציים la:Accipitridae nl:Accipitridae pl:Jastrzębiowate pt:Accipitridae zh:鹰科

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