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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae


The Accipitridae is one of the two main families within the order Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey). Many well-known birds like hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures are included in this group. (Most, but not all, other raptors belong to the Falconidae, or falcon family, which is often raised to the level of an independent order.)

Largely because of the explosive impact of modern molecular biology, the current classification of the Accipitridae is confused, with different authorities placing them in different orders. The Osprey is often placed in a separate family Pandionidae, and the New World vultures are also usually now regarded as separate.

  • Family Accipitridae
    • Subfamily Elaninae
      • Black-winged Kite, Elanus caeruleus
      • Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris
      • White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus
      • Letter-winged Kite, Elanus scriptus
      • Scissor-tailed Kite, Chelictinia riocourii
      • Bat Hawk, Machaerhamphus alcinus
      • Pearl Kite, Gampsonyx swainsonii
      • Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus
    • Subfamily Perninae
      • African Baza, Aviceda cuculoides
      • Madagascar Baza, Aviceda madagascariensis
      • Jerdon's Baza, Aviceda jerdoni
      • Pacific Baza, Aviceda subcristata
      • Black Baza, Aviceda leuphotes
      • Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Hernicopernis longicauda
      • Black Honey Buzzard, Hernicopernis infuscatus
      • European Honey Buzzard, Pernis apivorus
      • Oriental Honey Buzzard, Pernis ptilorhynchus
      • Barred Honey-buzzard, Pernis celebensis
      • Grey-headed Kite, Leptodon cayanensis
      • White-collared Kite, Leptodon forbesi
      • Hook-billed Kite, Chondrohierax uncinatus
    • Subfamily Milvinae
      • Double-toothed Kite, Harpagus bidentatus
      • Rufous-thighed Kite, Harpagus diodon
      • Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis
      • Plumbeous Kite, Ictinia plumbea
      • Snail Kite, Rostrhamus sociabilis
      • Slender-billed Kite, Rostrhamus hamatus
      • Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus
      • Brahminy Kite, Haliastur indus
      • Red Kite, Milvus milvus
      • Black Kite, Milvus migrans
      • Black-eared Kite, Milvus lineatus
      • Square-tailed Kite, Lophoictinia isura
      • Black-breasted Buzzard, Hamirostra melanosternon
    • Subfamily Accipitrinae
      • Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis
      • Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus
      • Grey-bellied Goshawk, Accipiter poliogaster
      • Crested Goshawk, Accipiter trivirgatus
      • Sulawesi Goshawk, Accipiter griseiceps
      • Red-chested Goshawk, Accipiter toussenelii
      • African Goshawk, Accipiter tachiro
      • Chinese Goshawk, Accipiter soloensis
      • Frances' Goshawk, Accipiter francesii
      • Spot-tailed Goshawk, Accipiter trinotatus
      • Grey Goshawk, Accipiter novaehollandiae
      • Brown Goshawk, Accipiter fasciatus
      • Black-mantled Goshawk, Accipiter melanochlamys
      • Pied Goshawk, Accipiter albogularis
      • Fiji Goshawk, Accipiter rufitorques
      • White-bellied Goshawk, Accipiter haplochrous
      • Moluccan Goshawk, Accipiter henicogrammus
      • Grey-headed Goshawk, Accipiter poliocephalus
      • New Britain Goshawk, Accipiter princeps
      • Black Goshawk, Accipiter melanoleucus
      • Henst's Goshawk, Accipiter henstii
      • Meyer's Goshawk, Accipiter meyerianus
      • Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk, Accipiter castanilius
      • Nicobar Sparrowhawk, Accipiter butleri
      • Levant Sparrowhawk, Accipiter brevipes
      • Slaty-mantled Sparrowhawk, Accipiter luteoschistaceus
      • Imitator Sparrowhawk, Accipiter imitator
      • Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Accipiter erythropus
      • Little Sparrowhawk, Accipiter minullus
      • Japanese Sparrowhawk, Accipiter gularis
      • Small Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nanus
      • Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk, Accipiter erythrauchen
      • Collared Sparrowhawk, Accipiter cirrocephalus
      • New Britain Sparrowhawk, Accipiter brachyurus
      • Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Accipiter rhodogaster
      • Madagascar Sparrowhawk, Accipiter madagascariensis
      • Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Accipiter ovampensis
      • Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Accipiter rufiventris
      • Shikra, Accipiter badius
      • Tiny Hawk, Accipiter superciliosus
      • Semicollared Hawk, Accipiter collaris
      • Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
      • White-breasted Hawk, Accipiter chionogaster
      • Plain-breasted Hawk, Accipiter ventralis
      • Rufous-thighed Hawk, Accipiter erythronemius
      • Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
      • Gundlach's Hawk, Accipiter gundlachi
      • Bicoloured Hawk, Accipiter bicolor
      • Besra, Accipiter virgatus
      • Gabar Goshawk, Micronisus gabar
      • Dark Chanting Goshawk, Melierax metabates
      • Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Melierax poliopterus
      • Pale Chanting Goshawk, Melierax canorus
      • Long-tailed Hawk, Urotriorchis macrourus
      • Red Goshawk, Erythrotriorchis radiatus
      • Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk, Erythrotriorchis buergersi
      • Doria's Goshawk, Megatriorchis doriae
    • Subfamily Buteoninae
      • Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Geranoaetus melanoleucus
      • Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo
      • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
      • Long-legged Buzzard, Buteo rufinus
      • Rough-legged Buzzard, Buteo lagopus
      • Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis
      • Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
      • Broad-winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus
      • Swainson's Hawk, Buteo swainsoni
      • Roadside Hawk, Buteo magnirostris
      • Ridgway's Hawk, Buteo ridgwayi
      • White-rumped Hawk, Buteo leucorrhous
      • Short-tailed Hawk, Buteo brachyurus
      • White-throated Hawk, Buteo albigula
      • White-tailed Hawk, Buteo albicaudatus
      • Galapagos Hawk, Buteo galapagoensis
      • Red-backed Hawk, Buteo polyosoma
      • Puna Hawk, Buteo poecilochrous
      • Zone-tailed Hawk, Buteo albonotatus
      • Hawaiian Hawk, Buteo solitarius
      • Rufous-tailed Hawk, Buteo ventralis
      • Mountain Buzzard, Buteo oreophilus
      • Madagascar Buzzard, Buteo brachypterus
      • Upland Buzzard, Buteo hemilasius
      • Red-necked Buzzard, Buteo auguralis
      • Augur Buzzard, Buteo augur
      • Archer's Buzzard, Buteo archeri
      • Jackal Buzzard, Buteo rufofuscus
      • Harris' Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus
      • Common Black Hawk, Buteogallus anthracinus
      • Mangrove Black Hawk, Buteogallus subtilis
      • Great Black Hawk, Buteogallus urubitinga
      • Rufous Crab Hawk, Buteogallus aequinoctialis
      • Savanna Hawk, Buteogallus meridionalis
      • Black-collared Hawk, Busarellus nigricollis
      • Plumbeous Hawk, Leucopternis plumbea
      • Slate-coloured Hawk, Leucopternis schistacea
      • Barred Hawk, Leucopternis princeps
      • Black-faced Hawk, Leucopternis melanops
      • White-browed Hawk, Leucopternis kuhli
      • White-necked Hawk, Leucopternis lacernulata
      • Semiplumbeous Hawk, Leucopternis semiplumbea
      • White Hawk, Leucopternis albicollis
      • Grey-backed Hawk, Leucopternis occidentalis
      • Mantled Hawk, Leucopternis polionota
      • Lizard Buzzard, Kaupifalco monogrammicus
      • Grasshopper Buzzard, Butastur rufipennis
      • White-eyed Buzzard, Butastur teesa
      • Rufous-winged Buzzard, Butastur liventer
      • Grey-faced Buzzard, Butastur indicus
      • Crowned Eagle, Harpyhaliaetus coronatus
      • Solitary Eagle, Harpyhaliaetus solitarius
      • Crested Eagle, Morphnus guianensis
      • Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja
      • Philippine Eagle, Pithecophaga jefferyi
      • New Guinea Eagle, Harpyopsis novaeguineae
      • Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Oroaetus isidori
      • Black-and-white Hawk-eagle, Spizastur melanoleucus
      • Cassin's Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus africanus
      • Changeable Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus cirrhatus
      • Mountain Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus nipalensis
      • Blyth's Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus alboniger
      • Javan Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus bartelsi
      • Sulawesi Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus lanceolatus
      • Philippine Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus philippensis
      • Wallace's Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus nanus
      • Black Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus tyrannus
      • Ornate Hawk-eagle, Spizaetus ornatus
      • Long-crested Eagle, Lophaetus occipitalis
      • Crowned Hawk-eagle, Stephanoaetus coronatus
      • Martial Eagle, Polemaetus bellicosus
      • Bonelli's Eagle, Hieraaetus fasciatus
      • Booted Eagle, Hieraaetus pennatus
      • African Hawk-eagle, Hieraaetus spilogaster
      • Little Eagle, Hieraaetus morphnoides
      • Ayres' Hawk-eagle, Hieraaetus ayresii
      • Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle, Hieraaetus kienerii
      • Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
      • Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca
      • Spanish Imperial Eagle or Adalbert's Eagle, Aquila (heliaca) adalberti
      • Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis
      • Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax
      • Greater Spotted Eagle, Aquila clanga
      • Lesser Spotted Eagle, Aquila pomarina
      • Verreaux's Eagle, Aquila verreauxii
      • Gurney's Eagle, Aquila gurneyi
      • Wahlberg's Eagle, Aquila wahlbergi
      • Wedge-tailed Eagle, Aquila audax
      • Black Eagle, Ictinaetus malayensis
      • White-tailed Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla
      • Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
      • Steller's Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus pelagicus
      • African Fish Eagle, Haliaeetus vocifer
      • White-bellied Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster
      • Sanford's Fish Eagle, Haliaeetus sanfordi
      • Madagascar Fish Eagle, Haliaeetus vociferoides
      • Pallas' Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus leucoryphus
      • Lesser Fish Eagle, Ichthyophaga humilis
      • Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
    • Subfamily Aegypiinae: old world vultures
      • Red-headed Vulture, Sarcogyps calvus
      • Eurasian Black Vulture or Monk Vulture, Aegypius monachus
      • Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus
      • White-headed Vulture, Trigonoceps occipitalis
      • Common Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus
      • Rüppell's Vulture or Rüppell's Griffon, Gyps rueppellii
      • Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Gyps himalayensis
      • Cape Griffon, Gyps coprotheres
      • White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus
      • Indian White-rumped Vulture, Gyps bengalensis
      • Long-billed Vulture, Gyps indicus
      • Egyptian Vulture, Neophron percnopterus
      • Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus
      • Palm Nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis
      • Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture, Gypaetus barbatus
    • Subfamily Circinae: harriers
    • Subfamily Circaetinae: snake-eagles
      • Bateleur, Terathopius ecaudatus
      • Short-toed Eagle, Circaetus gallicus
      • Black-chested Snake-eagle, Circaetus pectoralis
      • Brown Snake-eagle, Circaetus cinereus
      • Fasciated Snake-eagle, Circaetus fasciolatus
      • Banded Snake-eagle, Circaetus cinerascens
      • Crested Serpent-eagle, Spilornis cheela
      • Nicobar Serpent-eagle, Spilornis minimus
      • Mountain Serpent-eagle,Spilornis kinabaluensis
      • Sulawesi Serpent-eagle, Spilornis rufipectus
      • Philippine Serpent-eagle, Spilornis holospilus
      • Andaman Serpent-eagle, Spilornis elgini

For an alternative taxonomy, see also Sibley-Alquist taxonomy. See also list of birds.

  Results from FactBites:
Accipitriformes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (231 words)
It is not used in classification schemes which regard the Falconidae (falcons and caracas) as part of the same group as the Accipitridae (hawks, eagles and allies).
However, some authorities place the New World vultures in Ciconiiformes on the grounds that DNA evidence indicates that they are more closely related to the storks than to the Accipitridae.
The Osprey shows a number of similarities to the Accipitridae and is often regarded as a member of that family.
ANIMAL Teachers: Winged Ones: Accipitridae (eagles, hawks, kites) (449 words)
Accipitridae call upon the Spirits of the Sky to join with the Spirits of the Earth.
In their hunting, Accipitridae catch prey on the wing or swoop down with talons extended.
As the primal hunters of the sky, Accipitridae are the top predators of their territories.
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