Hawks have exceptional hearing and eyesight that is superior to all other animals in the world. They are powerful birds and have curved, razor-like talons that are efficient for grabbing prey. Hawks use their hook-shaped beaks to tear and bite the flesh of their quarry.
The term "hawk" is used to represent 270 different species of diurnal predatory birds that fall under the Falconiformes order and are commonly referred to as "raptors" or "birds of prey." Hawks are carnivorous and feed on a large variety of animals to sustain themselves. In the United States, hawks are protected by state and federal laws that make it illegal to kill, capture or possess one without permits.