TIL falcons are more closely related to parrots than to hawks, eagles, and owls. The similarity in appearance is caused by convergent evolution rather than family history.

Read more: https://www.birdnote.org/explore/field-notes/2015/02/parrots-and-falcons-long-lost-cousins

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  1. As a twin, I love seeing studies on convergent evolution. Coming up with the same answer to the same obstacle but in a different way describes my relationship with my twin to a “T.” I also suspect that any alien creatures that are self replicating living organisms would evolve similarly to what happened on earth.

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