Belongs within: Accipitridae. Haliaeetus, the sea eagles, is a genus of large eagles found in the Old World and North America that feed predominantly on fish; species commonly have white heads, white tails and/or yellow beaks and feet. Eagles of the sea Published 28 November 2023 The bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus may have a claim… Continue reading Haliaeetus


Belongs within: Telluraves.Contains: Accipitridae. The Accipitriformes are a clade of mostly predatory birds united by molecular data. Members of this clade have sharply hooked bills and powerful feet with an opposable hind toe and long claws, but these features may also be found in other bird clades. The New World vultures and condors of the… Continue reading Accipitriformes


Belongs within: Accipitridae.Contains: Circus. Accipiter is a cosmopolitan genus containing the goshawks and related predators of small birds and mammals. Accipiter species have long shanks, long tails and round, broad wings, and are fast, agile fliers. Molecular data support a close relationship between Accipiter and the harriers of the genus Circus; indeed, the phylogenetic analysis… Continue reading Accipiter


Belongs within: Accipiter. Circus, the harriers, is a cosmopolitan genus of relatively long-legged hawks with long square tails, slightly rounded wings, and distinct facial discs. They are mostly found in open country and are named for their habit of flying back and forth (harrying) in search of prey. Members of the genus are often a… Continue reading Circus


Belongs within: Accipitridae.Contains: Aquila. The Aquilinae, booted eagles, are a cosmopolitan group of large eagles characterised by feathered tarsi (Lerner & Mindell 2005). <==AquilinaeLM05 |–+–Stephanoaetus coronatusJT12 | `–NisaetusJT12 | | i. s.: N. florisJT12 | |–+–N. lanceolatusJT12 [=Spizaetus lanceolatusLM05] | | `–+–N. cirrhatusJT12 [=Spizaetus cirrhatusLM05] | | | |–N. c. cirrhatusLM05 | | | `–‘Spizaetus’… Continue reading Aquilinae


Belongs within: Accipitriformes.Contains: Elaninae, Perninae, Aegypiinae, Circaetinae, Aquilinae, Buteoninae, Milvinae, Haliaeetus, Accipiter. The Accipitridae include kites, hawks, eagles and related birds of prey. This is a diverse family of raptors whose members usually have wings that are rounded at the tips, and a beak without a notch in the upper bill (Austin 1961). The basalmost… Continue reading Accipitridae


Belongs within: Accipitridae. The Milvinae are a cosmopolitan group of medium-sized kites. Milvines are predators of small animals, including insects and molluscs; many species are also scavengers. The tail is forked distally in members of the genus Milvus but rounded in species of Haliastur. <==Milvinae |–HaliasturLM05 | |–H. indus (Boddaert 1783) [=Falco indus]WS48 | |… Continue reading Milvinae


Belongs within: Buteoninae. Buteo is a cosmopolitan genus of broad-winged hawks that mostly feed on small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Buteo Lacépède 1799M02 [incl. Archibuteo Brehm 1831B94, Craxirex Gould 1839B94; Archibuteoninae, Craxireginae] |–+–B. albicaudatusJT12 | `–+–GeranoaetusJT12 | | |–G. ales Wetmore 1926M09 | | `–G. melanoleucusJT12 | `–+–B. poecilochrousBKB15 | `–B. polyosomaJT12 | |–B. p.… Continue reading Buteo


Belongs within: Aquilinae. Aquila is a genus of large eagles found in Eurasia, Africa, North America and Australia. Circumscription of the genus has varied between authors and it may be expanded to include members of the related genus Hieraaetus. <==Aquila Brisson 1760CC10 |–+–A. nipalensisJT12 [=A. rapax nipalensisVP89; incl. A. bifasciataS89] | | |–A. n. nipalensisJ63… Continue reading Aquila