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Accipitridae  Vigors, 1824
Taxonomic Serial No.: 175280

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Family  
  Synonym(s): Accipitrinae
  Common Name(s): Eagles [English]
    Hawks [English]
    Kites [English]
    aigles [French]
    buses [French]
    éperviers [French]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2011   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassAves  – Birds, oiseaux  
                         OrderAccipitriformes  – éperviers, Hawks  
                            FamilyAccipitridae Vigors, 1824 – Eagles, Hawks, Kites, aigles, buses, éperviers  
    Direct Children:  
                               Genus Accipiter Brisson, 1760 – Bird Hawks 
                               Genus Aegypius Savigny, 1809  
                               Genus Aquila Brisson, 1760 – Golden Eagles 
                               Genus Aviceda Swainson, 1836  
                               Genus Busarellus Lesson, 1843  
                               Genus Butastur Hodgson, 1843  
                               Genus Buteo Lacepede, 1799 – Buteonine Hawks 
                               Genus Buteogallus Lesson, 1830 – Black-Hawks 
                               Genus Chelictinia Lesson, 1843  
                               Genus Chondrohierax Lesson, 1843 – Hook-billed Kites 
                               Genus Circaetus Vieillot, 1816  
                               Genus Circus Lacepede, 1799 – Harriers 
                               Genus Dryotriorchis Shelley, 1874  
                               Genus Elanoides Vieillot, 1818 – Swallow-tailed Kites 
                               Genus Elanus Savigny, 1809 – Black-shouldered Kites 
                               Genus Erythrotriorchis Sharpe, 1875  
                               Genus Eutriorchis Sharpe, 1875  
                               Genus Gampsonyx Vigors, 1825  
                               Genus Geranoaetus Kaup, 1844  
                               Genus Geranospiza Kaup, 1847  
                               Genus Gypaetus Storr, 1784  
                               Genus Gypohierax Ruppell, 1836  
                               Genus Gyps Savigny, 1809  
                               Genus Haliaeetus Savigny, 1809 – Fish Eagles 
                               Genus Haliastur Selby, 1840  
                               Genus Hamirostra Brown, 1845  
                               Genus Harpagus Vigors, 1824  
                               Genus Harpia Vieillot, 1816  
                               Genus Harpyhaliaetus Lafresnaye, 1842  
                               Genus Harpyopsis Salvadori, 1875  
                               Genus Helicolestes Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1918  
                               Genus Henicopernis G. R. Gray, 1859  
                               Genus Hieraaetus Kaup, 1844  
                               Genus Icthyophaga Lesson, 1843  
                               Genus Ictinaetus Blyth, 1843  
                               Genus Ictinia Vieillot, 1816 – Mississippi Kites 
                               Genus Kaupifalco Bonaparte, 1854  
                               Genus Leptodon Sundevall, 1836  
                               Genus Leucopternis Kaup, 1847  
                               Genus Lophaetus Kaup, 1847  
                               Genus Lophoictinia Kaup, 1847  
                               Genus Lophotriorchis Sharpe, 1874  
                               Genus Macheiramphus Bonaparte, 1850  
                               Genus Megatriorchis Salvadori & Albertis, 1875  
                               Genus Melierax G. R. Gray, 1840  
                               Genus Micronisus G. R. Gray, 1840  
                               Genus Milvus Lacepede, 1799 – Black Kites 
                               Genus Morphnus Dumont, 1816  
                               Genus Necrosyrtes Gloger, 1841  
                               Genus Neophron Savigny, 1809  
                               Genus Nisaetus Hodgson, 1836  
                               Genus Parabuteo Ridgway, 1874 – Harris' Hawks 
                               Genus Percnohierax Ridgway, 1920  
                               Genus Pernis Cuvier, 1816  
                               Genus Pithecophaga Ogilvie-Grant, 1896  
                               Genus Polemaetus Heine, 1890  
                               Genus Polyboroides A. Smith, 1829  
                               Genus Rostrhamus Lesson, 1830 – Snail Kites 
                               Genus Rupornis Kaup, 1844  
                               Genus Sarcogyps Lesson, 1842  
                               Genus Spilornis G. R. Gray, 1840  
                               Genus Spizaetus Vieillot, 1816  
                               Genus Stephanoaetus W. L. Sclater, 1922  
                               Genus Terathopius Lesson, 1830  
                               Genus Torgos Kaup, 1828  
                               Genus Trigonoceps Lesson, 1842  
                               Genus Urotriorchis Sharpe, 1874  

  Expert: Alan P. Peterson, M.D.  
  Notes: PO Box 1999 Walla Walla, Washington 99362-0999   
  Reference for: Accipitridae    
  Expert: Richard C. Banks  
  Notes: Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.   
  Reference for: Accipitridae    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: ITIS*ca, website (version 2002)  
  Acquired: 2003   
  Reference for: aigles[French], buses [French], éperviers [French]   
  Source: IOC World Bird List, Master List v2.9, website (version 2.9)  
  Acquired: 2011   
  Notes: Master list and sub-lists are maintained at, and 'virtually replace' Gill & Wright 2006 (Birds of the World, Recommended English Names)   
  Reference for: Accipitridae, Eagles [English], Hawks [English], Kites [English]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Accipitridae   
  Source: Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource, 2011.02.25, website (version 25-Feb-11)  
  Acquired: 2011   
  Notes: "Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource" maintained by Alan P. Peterson at   
  Reference for: Accipitridae   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes  
  Publication Date: 2003   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: As-yet (2003) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Accipitridae   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Accipitridae   

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