Hawks and falcons are both birds of prey that hunt rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians and some insects. Both are in the order Falconiformes but hawks, eagles and kites are in the family Accipitridae while falcons are placed in the family Falconidae.
Both have powerful talons and beaks, which help them in killing and eating the flesh of their prey. However hawks tend to be larger than falcons. They generally perch and pounce on prey with the sharp talons on their feet. The Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks are common in most mid-Michigan yards.
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