Accipitridae is a family of the order Accipitriformes which includes eagles and hawks. The family was formally classified as part of Falconiformes but recent evidence has separated the falcons into a separate order. The Accipitriformes has four families: Accipitridae, Cathartidae, Pandionidae and Sagittariidae. The Accipitridae is divided into a number of subfamilies, between 5-10 depending on the classification and has 233 species. All hawks and eagles belong to this family.