CHAP. 21. (19.)—BIRDS WHICH HAVE HOOKED TALONS.
Many birds of this kind feed also on acorns and fruit, but
only those which are not carnivorous, with the exception of
the kite; though when it feeds on anything but flesh, it is a
bird of ill omen.
The birds which have hooked talons are never gregarious;
each one seeks its prey by itself. They nearly all of them
soar to a great height, with the exception of the birds of the
night, and more especially those of larger size. They all have
large wings, and a small body; they walk with difficulty, and
rarely settle upon stones, being prevented from doing so by
the curved shape of their talons.