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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.