Little Eagle / Hieraaetus morphnoides

Little Eagle / Hieraaetus morphnoides

Little Eagle

SCI Name:  Hieraaetus morphnoides
Protonym:  Aquila morphnoïdes Proc.Zool.Soc.London(1840) (1840), Pt8 no.94 p.161
Taxonomy:  Accipitriformes / Accipitridae /
Taxonomy Code:  liteag1
Type Locality:  Yarrundi, Upper Hunter River, New South Wales.
Publish Year:  1841
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(Accipitridae; Ϯ Booted Eagle H. pennatus) Gr. ἱεραξ hierax, ἱερακος hierakos  hawk; αετος aetos  eagle; this group, often known as Hawk Eagles, combines an eagle-like appearance with the lighter build, longer tail, and rounded wings of a hawk; "IV. Familie. Adler, Aquilae.  ...  1. Untergeschlecht. Falkenfalkenadler, Hieraaëtus, Kaup, wovon der Typus Aquila pennata ist; durch die Kürze der Tarsen etc. zu charakterisiren." (Kaup 1844); "Hieraaëtus Kaup, 1844, Class. Säugethiere Vögel, p. 120.  Type, by original designation, Falco pennatus Gmelin." (Stresemann & Amadon in Peters, 1979, I, 2nd ed., p. 383). 
Var. Jeraetus, Ieraetus, Hieraetus.
Synon. Anomalaetus, Aquilastur, Asturaetos, Butaetus, Pseudaetus, Tolmaetus.

Gr. μορφνος morphnos  eagle; -οιδης -oidēs  resembling; "AQUILA MORPHNOÏDES.  ...  This species is very robust, and although but a small bird, is in every respect a true Aquila.  It is nearly allied to, but much stouter than Aquila pennata." (Gould 1841) (Hieraaetus).