Pygmy Eagle / Hieraaetus weiskei

Pygmy Eagle / Hieraaetus weiskei

Pygmy Eagle

SCI Name:  Hieraaetus weiskei
Protonym:  Eutolmaetus weiskei Orn.Monatsb. 8 p.185
Taxonomy:  Accipitriformes / Accipitridae /
Taxonomy Code:  liteag3
Type Locality:  Astrolabe Mountains, New Guinea; altitude 3,000 feet.
Publish Year:  1900
IUCN Status:  


(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.

Emil Weiske (1867-1950) Austrian collector in Australia and New Guinea 1895-1900 (subsp. Cacomantis castaneiventris, syn. Cormobates leucophaea minor, Hieraaetus, syn. Syma megarhyncha).