Augur Buzzard / Buteo augur

Augur Buzzard / Buteo augur

Augur Buzzard

SCI Name:  Buteo augur
Protonym:  Falco (Buteo) Augur NeueWirbelth.Vog. p.38 pl.16
Taxonomy:  Accipitriformes / Accipitridae /
Taxonomy Code:  augbuz1
Type Locality:  Ethiopia.
Publish Year:  1836
IUCN Status:  


(Accipitridae; Ϯ Common Buzzard B. buteo) Specific name Falco buteo Linnaeus, 1758. "BUSE, Buteo.  Bec, tête et base du bec des Éperviers; ailes des Aigles; tarse gros et court." (de Lacépède 1799); "Buteo Lacépède, Tabl. Ois., 1799, p. 4. Type, by tautonymy, Falco buteo Linné." (Peters, 1931, I, p. 228).
Var. BateoBiteo.
Synon. AmplibuteoArchibuteo, Asturina, Asturisca, Brewsteria, Butaetes, Butaquila, Buteaetos, Buteola, Buthierax, Cerchne, Circobuteo, Coryornis, Craxirex, Dromolestes, Hemiaetus, Limnaetus, Limnosalus, Onychotes, Poecilopternis, Praedo, Pterolestes, Triorchis.

L. buteo, buteonis  buzzard; "41. FALCO.  ...  Buteo.  14. F. cera pedibusque luteis, corpore fusco, abdomine pallido maculis fuscis.  Buteo vulgaris. Gesn. av. 46. Will. ornith. 38. t. 6. Raj. av. 16.  Buteo. Alb. av. I. p. 1. t. 1.  Habitat in Europa, Cuniculis & Bufonibus infestus." (Linnaeus 1758) (Buteo).

L. augur, auguris  augur, soothsayer  < avis  bird. An honoured office in ancient times, when actions were decided upon and the future foretold by observing the heavens, birds, mammals, sacred objects and minor calamities. The observation of eagles, hawks and owls was particularly significant (cf. auspex) (Buteo).