A raptor, painted on a Romulan Bird-of-Prey

"Is there something we can do to keep us from showing up on their sensors?"
"I could paint a bird-of-prey on the hull."
"After a whole century, what will a Romulan ship look like, Mister Stiles? I doubt they'll radio and identify themselves."
"You'll know, sir. They're painted like a giant bird-of-prey."
– James T. Kirk and Stiles on identifying the Romulans, 2266 ("Balance of Terror")

A hawk

A raptor was a type of predatory bird, also referred to as a bird-of-prey. Raptor can also refer to the Velociraptor.

Imagery of the raptor was present on ancient Vulcan, where a huge faction of the population "marched beneath the raptor's wings." They were against the teachings of Surak, and killed him using atomic weaponry. (ENT: "The Forge")

The Romulans and Klingons both used spacecraft classified as "Birds-of-Prey." (TOS: "Balance of Terror"; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

The Klingons also had Raptor-class starships in the 22nd century. (ENT: "Sleeping Dogs")

In the original script to "United", the prototype Romulan drone ship was called the Raptor.

Raptor species

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