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Temporal range: 56–0Ma Eocene - Recent
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The Accipitridae, one of the two major families within the order Accipitriformes (the diurnal birds of prey), are a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills and variable morphology based on diet. They feed on a range of prey items from insects to medium-sized mammals, with a number feeding on carrion and a few feeding on fruit. The Accipitridae have a cosmopolitan distribution, being found on all the world's continents (except Antarctica) and a number of oceanic island groups. Some species are migratory.
- Mayr, Gerald (2009). Paleogene Fossil Birds. Springer. p. 159. . http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=P_TB72RBLLMC&pg=PA159&lpg=PA159&dq=accipitridae+eocene&source=bl&ots=Gsey7nEw1a&sig=2erKwaffNeeYAax4uilBkXqdPXo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sv2kUuSzNaK-0QXR0IH4CA&ved=0CEkQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=accipitridae%20eocene&f=false. Retrieved 9 December 2013.