GROUPS OF BIRDS. (Birds of prey and scavenger birds)

Characteristics of birds of prey

 Have strong sharp hooked beak for tearing their prey Have strong curved talons for easy gripping of their prey.

 Have a strong eye sight to locate their prey.


Strong, sharp and hooked beak Short curved talons for easy gripping of prey Scavenger birds.

 Are birds which feed on flesh killed by other animals

 Scavenger birds are useful in the environment because they keep the environment clean by eating flesh of dead animals which may rot or smell.

Examples: crows, vultures, marabou storks

Examples of prey; smaller birds; chicks, frogs toads, tortoises/ turtles etc

Dangers of birds of prey to people They eat people’s chicks, rabbits.

Diagram showing a beak and foot of scavenger bird

            Beak                                                                      Foot 


Strong, sharp and hooked beak Longer sharp, curved talons which grip fresh of the remains.

 Note: scavenger birds have beaks similar to the birds of prey.

Compare the beaks of a bird of prey and a parrot.