Is this an Eagle or a Vulture or a Hawk?

Today, while I was at my bay, there sat a bird screaming on the other side of our bay window. It’s sound has immediately driven everyone’s attention and there arose a debate about the bird, whether it was an Eagle or a Hawk or a Vulture.

After a bit of conversation, we ended up concluding it was a Hawk!. I was anyways not sure of it’s difference and agreed to what they said.

Ah! What is the difference between these all birds?

The eagle and hawk are predators while the vulture is a scavenger, feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals.

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

Most hawks are mainly woodland birds that hunt by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. They usually have long tails and high visual acuity.

But all of them do belong to the “Old World vulture”, belonging to the family “Accipitridae”.

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That’s a new learning today 🙂

Now, hold on – how do we call it in Tamil ?

All started suggesting various names for this and after a bit of Googling, I found it to be called as ‘Parunthu’ (பருந்து)

Then what is it for Eagle ? – Well, it is ‘Kazhugu’ (கழுகு)

.. and for Vulture? – It is ‘Rajali’ (ராஜாளி)


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