This detailed and fascinating film gives useful information about several varieties of American birds of prey, including owls, hawks, eagles, and vultures. The special characteristics that help these carnivorous birds hunt and consume their prey are discussed, and views of powerful talons and curved beaks are included. Animated maps show the range of the different birds. The film discusses several examples of species within each of the four subgroups. Owls are shown in flight, and the film highlights their fringed wings, perfect night vision, and other characteristics that make them good night hunters. There is footage of young barn owls and great horned owls, among others. After the barn owl information, the film shows different types of vultures, like turkey vultures, and black vultures feeding on a carcass. There are several views of the young being fed by their parents. The film then talks about and shows footage of the sparrow hawk, marsh hawk, red-tailed hawk, and rough-legged hawk. Each species is shown with its young in different types of bird nests and bird habitats. Finally the majestic eagles are examined. Beautiful footage of eagles soaring through the air is a sight to see! This historic bird of prey DVD is a great introduction to ornithology and zoology, as well as simply an engaging video that provides bird information.