Madagascar Harrier-Hawk / Polyboroides radiatus

Madagascar Harrier-Hawk / Polyboroides radiatus

Madagascar Harrier-Hawk

SCI Name:  Polyboroides radiatus
Protonym:  Vultur radiatus Del.Flor.Faun.Insubr. 2 p.85
Taxonomy:  Accipitriformes / Accipitridae /
Taxonomy Code:  mahhaw1
Type Locality:  Madagascar.
Publish Year:  1786
IUCN Status:  


(Accipitridae; Ϯ African Harrier Hawk P. typus) Genus Polyborus Vieillot, 1816, caracara; Gr. -οιδης -oidēs  resembling. "Genus POLYBOROIDES. Smith.  Bill compressed particularly towards culmen, slightly arched from base, moderately hooked at the point; nostrils longitudinal, linear; cere smooth; sides of head to some distance behind eyes bare. Tarsi long, slender, laterally compressed and reticulated; toes long and slender, the middle one connected to the outer by a slight web at base; claws long, slender, and much curved. Wings nearly as long as tail; the fourth and fifth feathers the longest" (A. Smith 1834).
Var. PoloboroidesPolyporoides.
Synon. Gymnogenys.

radiata / radiatum / radiatus
L. radiatus furnished with rays (i.e. barred) < radius spoke, rod, ray.
● ex “Radiated Falcon” of Latham 1801 (Erythrotriorchis).
● ex “Coucou brun et jaune à ventre rayé” of de Buffon 1770-1783, “Coucou à ventre rayé de l’île de Panay” of Sonnerat 1776, and “Panayan Cuckow” of Latham 1782 (syn. Hierococcyx sparverioides).
● ex “Autour gris à ventre rayé de Madagascar” of Sonnerat 1782 (Polyboroides).
● ex “Batara listado” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 212 (subsp. Thamnophilus doliatus).
● ex “Aldrovandus brasilian Merula” of Willughby 1676, “Merula bicolor Aldrovandi” of Ray 1713, “Oriolus capite striato” of Brisson 1760, “Loriot à tête rayée” of de Buffon 1770-1783, and “Striped-headed Oriole” of Latham 1782 (unident.).