Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks and Eagles

Eagle by Rays Wildlife Photography

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by Rays Wildlife Photos

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – ACCIPITRIFORMES, Family – Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks & Eagles


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Species (256)

Elanus
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus)
Gampsonyx
Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii)
Chelictinia
Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii)
Polyboroides
African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus)
Madagascan Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides radiatus)
Gypohierax
Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis)
Gypaetus
Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)
Neophron
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
Eutriorchis
Madagascan Serpent Eagle (Eutriorchis astur)
Leptodon
Grey-headed Kite (Leptodon cayanensis)
White-collared Kite (Leptodon forbesi)
Chondrohierax
Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus)
Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii)
Pernis
European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)
Barred Honey Buzzard (Pernis celebensis)
Philippine Honey Buzzard (Pernis steerei)
Elanoides
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Lophoictinia
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura)
Hamirostra
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon)
Aviceda
African Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda cuculoides)
Madagascan Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis)
Jerdon’s Baza (Aviceda jerdoni)
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata)
Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes)
Henicopernis
Long-tailed Honey Buzzard (Henicopernis longicauda)
Black Honey Buzzard (Henicopernis infuscatus)
Necrosyrtes
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
Gyps
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis)
Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus)
Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)
Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli)
Himalayan Vulture (Gyps himalayensis)
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)
Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)
Sarcogyps
Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus)
Trigonoceps
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)
Aegypius
Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)
Torgos
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos)
Spilornis
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle (Spilornis klossi)
Mountain Serpent Eagle (Spilornis kinabaluensis)
Sulawesi Serpent Eagle (Spilornis rufipectus)
Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus)
Andaman Serpent Eagle (Spilornis elgini)
Pithecophaga
Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
Circaetus
Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)
Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle (Circaetus beaudouini)
Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis)
Brown Snake Eagle (Circaetus cinereus)
Southern Banded Snake Eagle (Circaetus fasciolatus)
Western Banded Snake Eagle (Circaetus cinerascens)
Congo Serpent Eagle (Circaetus spectabilis)
Terathopius
Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Macheiramphus
Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus)
Harpyopsis
Papuan Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae)
Morphnus
Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis)
Harpia
Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)
Nisaetus
Changeable Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus)
Flores Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus floris)
Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis)
Legge’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus kelaarti)
Blyth’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus alboniger)
Javan Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi)
Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus lanceolatus)
Philippine Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus philippensis)
Pinsker’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri)
Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nanus)
Spizaetus
Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus)
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus)
Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus)
Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori)
Stephanoaetus
Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)
Lophotriorchis
Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii)
Polemaetus
Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)
Lophaetus
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis)
Ictinaetus
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)
Clanga
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina)
Indian Spotted Eagle (Clanga hastata)
Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)
Hieraaetus
Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi)
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)
Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides)
Pygmy Eagle (Hieraaetus weiskei)
Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle (Hieraaetus ayresii)
Aquila
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)
Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti)
Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
Gurney’s Eagle (Aquila gurneyi)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii)
Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle (Aquila africana)
Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
African Hawk-Eagle (Aquila spilogaster)
Harpagus
Double-toothed Kite (Harpagus bidentatus)
Rufous-thighed Kite (Harpagus diodon)
Kaupifalco
Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus)
Micronisus
Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar)
Melierax
Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates)
Eastern Chanting Goshawk (Melierax poliopterus)
Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus)
Urotriorchis
Long-tailed Hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus)
Erythrotriorchis
Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis buergersi)
Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus)
Megatriorchis
Doria’s Goshawk (Megatriorchis doriae)
Accipiter
Tiny Hawk (Accipiter superciliosus)
Semicollared Hawk (Accipiter collaris)
Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)
Sulawesi Goshawk (Accipiter griseiceps)
Grey-bellied Hawk (Accipiter poliogaster)
Red-chested Goshawk (Accipiter toussenelii)
African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro)
Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk (Accipiter castanilius)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
Nicobar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter butleri)
Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes)
Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis)
Frances’s Sparrowhawk (Accipiter francesiae)
Spot-tailed Sparrowhawk (Accipiter trinotatus)
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae)
Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster)
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
Black-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter melanochlamys)
Pied Goshawk (Accipiter albogularis)
White-bellied Goshawk (Accipiter haplochrous)
Fiji Goshawk (Accipiter rufitorques)
Moluccan Goshawk (Accipiter henicogrammus)
Slaty-mantled Goshawk (Accipiter luteoschistaceus)
Imitator Goshawk (Accipiter imitator)
Grey-headed Goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus)
New Britain Goshawk (Accipiter princeps)
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythropus)
Little Sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus)
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)
Besra (Accipiter virgatus)
Dwarf Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nanus)
Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythrauchen)
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
New Britain Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brachyurus)
Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster)
Madagascan Sparrowhawk (Accipiter madagascariensis)
Ovambo Sparrowhawk (Accipiter ovampensis)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rufiventris)
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)
Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor)
Chilean Hawk (Accipiter chilensis)
Black Sparrowhawk (Accipiter melanoleucus)
Henst’s Goshawk (Accipiter henstii)
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Meyer’s Goshawk (Accipiter meyerianus)
Circus
Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)
Papuan Harrier (Circus spilothorax)
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans)
African Marsh Harrier (Circus ranivorus)
Reunion Harrier (Circus maillardi)
Malagasy Harrier (Circus macrosceles)
Long-winged Harrier (Circus buffoni)
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)
Black Harrier (Circus maurus)
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)
Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus)
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
Pied Harrier (Circus melanoleucos)
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Milvus
Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)
Haliastur
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Haliaeetus
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Sanford’s Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Madagascan Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides)
Pallas’s Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus)
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Steller’s Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)
Lesser Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus humilis)
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus)
Butastur
Grasshopper Buzzard (Butastur rufipennis)
White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa)
Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer)
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)
Ictinia
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Plumbeous Kite (Ictinia plumbea)
Busarellus
Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)
Rostrhamus
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
Helicolestes
Slender-billed Kite (Helicolestes hamatus)
Geranospiza
Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens)
Cryptoleucopteryx
Plumbeous Hawk (Cryptoleucopteryx plumbea)
Buteogallus
Slate-colored Hawk (Buteogallus schistaceus)
Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)
Cuban Black Hawk (Buteogallus gundlachii)
Rufous Crab Hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis)
Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis)
White-necked Hawk (Buteogallus lacernulatus)
Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)
Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius)
Chaco Eagle (Buteogallus coronatus)
Morphnarchus
Barred Hawk (Morphnarchus princeps)
Rupornis
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)
Parabuteo
Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
White-rumped Hawk (Parabuteo leucorrhous)
Geranoaetus
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus)
Variable Hawk (Geranoaetus polyosoma)
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)
Pseudastur
Mantled Hawk (Pseudastur polionotus)
White Hawk (Pseudastur albicollis)
Grey-backed Hawk (Pseudastur occidentalis)
Leucopternis
Semiplumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis semiplumbeus)
Black-faced Hawk (Leucopternis melanops)
White-browed Hawk (Leucopternis kuhli)
Bermuteo
Bermuda Hawk (Bermuteo avivorus)
Buteo
Grey Hawk (Buteo plagiatus)
Grey-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Ridgway’s Hawk (Buteo ridgwayi)
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula)
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)
Hawaiian Hawk (Buteo solitarius)
Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)
Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis)
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)
Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius)
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)
Himalayan Buzzard (Buteo burmanicus)
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
Cape Verde Buzzard (Buteo bannermani)
Socotra Buzzard (Buteo socotraensis)
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Forest Buzzard (Buteo trizonatus)
Mountain Buzzard (Buteo oreophilus)
Archer’s Buzzard (Buteo archeri)
Red-necked Buzzard (Buteo auguralis)
Madagascan Buzzard (Buteo brachypterus)
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur)
Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus)

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Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:

Birds of the Bible – Buzzard – Page

Birds of the Bible – Hawks – Page

Birds of the Bible – Glede and Kites – Page

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Many of these birds are Birds of the Bible. The Eagle, Kite, and Hawks are all part of this family. They would also be considered Birds of Prey.

The Accipitridae, one of the two major families within the order Accipitriformes (the diurnal birds of prey), 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, being found on all the world’s continents (except Antarctica) and a number of oceanic island groups. Some species are migratory.

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. (Wikipedia with editing)

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3 thoughts on “Accipitridae – Kites, Hawks and Eagles

  1. I love hawks for as long as I can remember. I’ve been to Hawk Mountain in Virginia during the annual hawk watch and saw an incredible number of hawks fly overhead. One swooped down right in front of us. I’m always spotting hawks in trees as I drive and there’s a red tail hawk that nested in a tree in my yard for many years. When I was burying my cat in the back yard 2 years ago, a hawk flew down and sat on the fence post just a few feet away from the grave we were digging. He sat there the whole time we were burying my cat and then he flew off. I felt like he was a messenger saying that Roscoe was okay now.

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