What is the difference between song birds and raptors?
Raptors have feet with sharp talons, and pointed beaks, which they use for grabbing and killing prey. Song birds have regular beaks and possess feet with one toe facing backwards, enabling them to perch, not prey. Raptors prey on other animals, including song birds, because they have meat diets, unlike song birds which feed on seeds, fruits, or invertebrates.
Birds that are song birds belong to the passerine order. They are called the perching birds. They include many of the common, familiar birds such as blackbirds and robins. The reason they can sing is the special structure in their throats called the syrinx. Other birds, e.g. ostriches and pigeons lack this structure.
There's a great deal of interest in birding (bird watching) in British Columbia partly because of the Pacific Flyway and it variety of habitats including pocket deserts, alpine plateau, coastal cliffs and rolling prairie. With an abundance of forests and wet lands, BC offers bird watchers a variety of song birds, waterfowl, raptors, marine birds and more. Some of the finest eagle viewing in the world results from BC's prolific salmon runs.