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List of Birds of Prey

A complete list of birds of prey within the Accipitridae family is shown below. The Accipitridae is one of the two major families within the order Accipitriformes (the diurnal birds of prey). Many well-known birds, such as hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures are included in this group.

The Osprey is usually placed in a separate family (Pandionidae), as is the Secretary bird (Sagittariidae), and the New World vultures are also usually now regarded as a separate family or order. Karyotype data indicated that the accipitrids hitherto analysed are indeed a distinct monophyletic group, but whether this group should be considered a family of the Falconiformes or one or several order(s) on their own is a matter of taste. The accipitrids are a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills and variable morphology based on diet. They feed on a range of prey items from insects to medium-sized mammals, with a number feeding on carrion and a few feeding on fruit. The Accipitridae have a cosmopolitan distribution and are found on all the world’s continents (except Antarctica) as well as a number of oceanic island groups. Some species are migratory.

Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentariusLC
Osprey Pandion haliaetusLC
African Baza Aviceda cuculoidesLC
Madagascar Baza Aviceda madagascariensisLC
Jerdon’s Baza Aviceda jerdoniLC
Pacific Baza Aviceda subcristataLC
Black Baza Aviceda leuphotesLC
Grey-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensisLC
White-collared Kite Leptodon forbesiCR
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatusLC
Cuban Kite Chondrohierax wilsoniiCR
Long-tailed Honey-buzzard Henicopernis longicaudaLC
Black Honey-buzzard Henicopernis infuscatusVU
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorusLC
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncusLC
Barred Honey-buzzard Pernis celebensisLC
Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isuraLC
Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternonLC
American Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatusLC
Bat Hawk Macheiramphus alcinusLC
Pearl Kite Gampsonyx swainsoniiLC
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleusLC
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillarisLC
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurusLC
Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptusNT
African Swallow-tailed Kite Chelictinia riocouriiLC
Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilisLC
Slender-billed Kite Helicolestes hamatusLC
Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatusLC
Rufous-thighed Kite Harpagus diodonLC
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensisLC
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbeaLC
Red Kite Milvus milvusNT
Black Kite Milvus migransLC
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurusLC
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indusLC
White-bellied Sea-eagle Haliaeetus leucogasterLC
Sanford’s Sea-eagle Haliaeetus sanfordiVU
African Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vociferLC
Madagascar Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vociferoidesCR
Pallas’s Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphusVU
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicillaLC
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalusLC
Steller’s Sea-eagle Haliaeetus pelagicusVU
Lesser Fish-eagle Ichthyophaga humilisNT
Grey-headed Fish-eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetusNT
Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensisLC
Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatusLC
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterusEN
Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachusLC
White-backed Vulture Gyps africanusNT
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensisCR
Indian Vulture Gyps indicusCR
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostrisCR
Rueppell’s Vulture Gyps rueppelliiNT
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensisLC
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvusLC
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheresVU
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvusCR
White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalisVU
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachusNT
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotosVU
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicusLC
Black-chested Snake-eagle Circaetus pectoralisLC
Beaudouin’s Snake-eagle Circaetus beaudouiniVU
Brown Snake-eagle Circaetus cinereusLC
Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatusNT
Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus cinerascensLC
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatusNT
Crested Serpent-eagle Spilornis cheelaLC
South Nicobar Serpent-eagle Spilornis klossiNT
Mountain Serpent-eagle Spilornis kinabaluensisVU
Sulawesi Serpent-eagle Spilornis rufipectusLC
Philippine Serpent-eagle Spilornis holospilusLC
Andaman Serpent-eagle Spilornis elginiNT
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilisLC
Madagascar Serpent-eagle Eutriorchis asturEN
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosusLC
African Marsh-harrier Circus ranivorusLC
Eastern Marsh-harrier Circus spilonotusLC
Swamp Harrier Circus approximansLC
Madagascar Harrier Circus macroscelesVU
Reunion Harrier Circus maillardiEN
Long-winged Harrier Circus buffoniLC
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilisLC
Black Harrier Circus maurusVU
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneusLC
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereusLC
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourusNT
Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucosLC
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargusLC
African Harrier-hawk Polyboroides typusLC
Madagascar Harrier-hawk Polyboroides radiatusLC
Dark Chanting-goshawk Melierax metabatesLC
Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterusLC
Pale Chanting-goshawk Melierax canorusLC
Gabar Goshawk Melierax gabarLC
Gray-bellied Hawk Accipiter poliogasterLC
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatusLC
Sulawesi Goshawk Accipiter griseicepsLC
African Goshawk Accipiter tachiroLC
Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk Accipiter castaniliusLC
Shikra Accipiter badiusLC
Nicobar Sparrowhawk Accipiter butleriVU
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipesLC
Chinese Goshawk Accipiter soloensisLC
Frances’s Sparrowhawk Accipiter francesiaeLC
Spot-tailed Goshawk Accipiter trinotatusLC
Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiaeLC
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatusLC
Black-mantled Goshawk Accipiter melanochlamysLC
Pied Goshawk Accipiter albogularisLC
Fiji Goshawk Accipiter rufitorquesLC
White-bellied Goshawk Accipiter haplochrousNT
Moluccan Goshawk Accipiter henicogrammusLC
Slaty-mantled Sparrowhawk Accipiter luteoschistaceusVU
Imitator Sparrowhawk Accipiter imitatorVU
Grey-headed Goshawk Accipiter poliocephalusLC
New Britain Goshawk Accipiter princepsVU
Tiny Hawk Accipiter superciliosusLC
Semicollared Hawk Accipiter collarisNT
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropusLC
Little Sparrowhawk Accipiter minullusLC
Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularisLC
Besra Accipiter virgatusLC
Small Sparrowhawk Accipiter nanusNT
Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythrauchenLC
Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalusLC
New Britain Sparrowhawk Accipiter brachyurusVU
Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk Accipiter rhodogasterLC
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensisNT
Ovampo Sparrowhawk Accipiter ovampensisLC
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisusLC
Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk Accipiter rufiventrisLC
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatusLC
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperiiLC
Gundlach’s Hawk Accipiter gundlachiEN
Bicoloured Hawk Accipiter bicolorLC
Black Goshawk Accipiter melanoleucusLC
Henst’s Goshawk Accipiter henstiiNT
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilisLC
Meyer’s Goshawk Accipiter meyerianusLC
Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk Erythrotriorchis buergersiDD
Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatusVU
Doria’s Goshawk Megatriorchis doriaeNT
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourusLC
Lizard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicusLC
Grasshopper Buzzard Butastur rufipennisLC
White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesaLC
Rufous-winged Buzzard Butastur liventerLC
Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicusLC
Crane Hawk Geranospiza caerulescensLC
Plumbeous Hawk Leucopternis plumbeusNT
Slate-coloured Hawk Leucopternis schistaceusLC
Barred Hawk Leucopternis princepsLC
Black-faced Hawk Leucopternis melanopsLC
White-browed Hawk Leucopternis kuhliLC
White-necked Hawk Leucopternis lacernulatusVU
Semiplumbeous Hawk Leucopternis semiplumbeusLC
White Hawk Leucopternis albicollisLC
Grey-backed Hawk Leucopternis occidentalisEN
Mantled Hawk Leucopternis polionotusNT
Rufous Crab-hawk Buteogallus aequinoctialisLC
Common Black-hawk Buteogallus anthracinusLC
Cuban Black Hawk Buteogallus gundlachiiNT
Great Black-hawk Buteogallus urubitingaLC
Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalisLC
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctusLC
Black-collared Hawk Busarellus nigricollisLC
Black-chested Buzzard-eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucusLC
Solitary Eagle Harpyhaliaetus solitariusNT
Crowned Eagle Harpyhaliaetus coronatusEN
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostrisLC
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatusLC
Ridgway’s Hawk Buteo ridgwayiCR
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterusLC
Grey Hawk Buteo nitidusLC
White-rumped Hawk Buteo leucorrhousLC
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurusLC
White-throated Hawk Buteo albigulaLC
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoniLC
White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatusLC
Galapagos Hawk Buteo galapagoensisVU
Red-backed Hawk Buteo polyosomaLC
Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatusLC
Hawaiian Hawk Buteo solitariusNT
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensisLC
Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralisNT
Common Buzzard Buteo buteoLC
Mountain Buzzard Buteo oreophilusLC
Madagascar Buzzard Buteo brachypterusLC
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinusLC
Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasiusLC
Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalisLC
Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopusLC
Red-necked Buzzard Buteo auguralisLC
Augur Buzzard Buteo augurLC
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscusLC
Crested Eagle Morphnus guianensisNT
Harpy Eagle Harpia harpyjaNT
New Guinea Eagle Harpyopsis novaeguineaeVU
Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyiCR
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensisLC
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarinaLC
Indian Spotted Eagle Aquila hastataVU
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clangaVU
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapaxLC
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensisLC
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalbertiVU
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliacaVU
Gurney’s Eagle Aquila gurneyiNT
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetosLC
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audaxLC
Verreaux’s Eagle Aquila verreauxiiLC
Wahlberg’s Eagle Aquila wahlbergiLC
Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciatusLC
African Hawk-eagle Hieraaetus spilogasterLC
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatusLC
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoidesLC
New Guinea Hawk-eagle Hieraaetus weiskeiLC
Ayres’s Hawk-eagle Hieraaetus ayresiiLC
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosusNT
Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalisLC
Cassin’s Hawk-eagle Aquila africanusLC
Black Hawk-eagle Spizaetus tyrannusLC
Black-and-white Hawk-eagle Spizaetus melanoleucusLC
Ornate Hawk-eagle Spizaetus ornatusLC
Black-and-chestnut Eagle Spizaetus isidoriVU
Crowned Hawk-eagle Stephanoaetus coronatusLC

Image: Visarend, Osprey, Pandion haliaetus – Bence Mate

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