Feathers, wings, laying eggs and being warm blooded are just a few of the common traits of all raptors. Certain characteristics group all raptors together."Rapere" means seize or plunder. Raptor comes from this word. Today, raptor is used as a word that means bird of prey. Carnivorous diet, sharp talons with strong feet, hooked beaks and keen eyesight are characteristics of all raptors.