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Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird biology, Bird identification Updated: March 30, 2014 - 1:43 PM

If you read the interview with David Sibley in last Wednesday's StarTribune you know that in his new book falcons no longer appear after eagles and hawks. In the first edition, as in all other guide books, falcons are grouped with other raptors. Sibley has moved falcons back with the parrot family. He did this because, he explained, recent DNA studies show falcons to be more closely related to parrots than other raptors. In that regard, Rick Fournier of Minneapolis sent me this comment.

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