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Falconidae, a universally distributed family of Birds of Prey (q.v.), with about 70 genera and more than 300 species, distinguished by having the head and neck feathered, the beak stout and strong, the nostrils separated by a bony partition, the eyes deep set, with the upper margin of the socket projecting so as to form a kind of eyebrow, and the feet furnished with sole-pads, and strong sharp claws admirably fitted to hold and rend their prey.

“It is most profitable, it is blessed, to be always looking beyond second causes in all our trials and distresses, and to discern the Lord's hand, in infinite love and wisdom, appointing all. For this brings the soul into a state of resignation and tranquility at least, if not of holy Joy.”
–Robert Hawker, Poor Man’s Commentary, Psalm 17