preying upon other animals; predatory.
adapted for seizing prey, as the bill or claws of a bird.
belonging or pertaining to the Raptores, a former order in which the falconiform and strigiform birds were erroneously grouped together.
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How to use raptorial in a sentence
Another raptorial bird of which the nest is likely to be found in January is the Turumti or red-headed merlin (Aesalon chicquera).
Both species of crow seem to take great delight in teasing raptorial birds.
To every migratory species of raptorial bird, that captures living quarry, there is a non-migratory counterpart or near relative.
Because of the strong popular prejudice against raptorial birds in general, laws protecting them are usually not enforced.Observations on the Mississippi Kite in Southwestern Kansas | Henry S. Fitch
The white-eyed buzzard is almost contemptible as a bird of prey; he is a raptorial degenerate, a mere loafer.Jungle Folk | Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for raptorial
(of the feet of birds) adapted for seizing prey
(esp of birds) feeding on prey; predatory
of or relating to birds of prey
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