Black Honey-buzzard / Henicopernis infuscatus

Black Honey-buzzard / Henicopernis infuscatus

Black Honey-buzzard

SCI Name:  Henicopernis infuscatus
Protonym:  Henicopernis infuscata Ibis p.128
Taxonomy:  Accipitriformes / Accipitridae /
Taxonomy Code:  blhbuz1
Type Locality:  Blanche Bay, New Britain.
Publish Year:  1882
IUCN Status:  


(Accipitridae; Ϯ Long-tailed Honey Buzzard H. longicauda) Gr. ἑνικος henikos  singular; genus Pernis Cuvier 1817, honey buzzard; "3. ASTUR LONGICAUDA, Less.  The collection contains a female specimen of this rare bird, which has hitherto been supposed to belong to the subfamily Accipitrinæ; but the examination of this example proves that it would be more correctly placed in that of Milvinæ, as it possesses all the characters which are essential to that group. It forms part of the genus Pernis; but as it exhibits some slight differences in the wings, &c., from the type of the genus, I have ventured to propose the subgeneric appellation of Henicopernis, instead of adopting Dædalion (Dædalia), as suggested by Prince C. L. Bonaparte, because the latter word was long since given by Savigny as a more classical term for that of Astur." (G. Gray 1859); "Henicopernis G. R. Gray, Proc. Zoöl. Soc. London, 1859, p. 153. Type, by monotypy, Astur longicauda Lesson = Falco longicauda Garnot." (Peters, 1931, I, p. 198).
Synon. Daedalion.

infuscata / infuscatus
L. infuscatus  dusky  < infuscare  to make dark  < infuscus  dusky, blackish.
● ex “Curucáu Afeytado” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 365 (Phimosus).
● ex “Perroquet à franges souci” of Levaillant 1801-1805 (syn. Poicephalus robustus).