White-eyed Buzzard / Butastur teesa

White-eyed Buzzard / Butastur teesa

White-eyed Buzzard

SCI Name:  Butastur teesa
Protonym:  Circus Teesa Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt1 no.10 p.115
Taxonomy:  Accipitriformes / Accipitridae /
Taxonomy Code:  whebuz1
Type Locality:  Further India; restricted to Ganges-Nerbudda (= Narmada) by Stuart Baker, 1928, Fauna Brit. India, Birds, ed. 2, 5, p. 104.
Publish Year:  1831
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(Accipitridae; Ϯ White-eyed Buzzard B. teesa) Portmanteau of genera Buteo de Lacépède, 1799, buzzard, and Astur de Lacépède, 1801, goshawk; “18. Buteoninæ.  Genus Butastur, Hodgson.  Buteo teesa, Auct., type. [Circus teesa, Franklin; Astur Hyder, Sykes.]  It differs from the true Buzzards in its less corpulent form, and general adaptation for more active habits: the tarsi are longer and more prominently scutellated in front, the toes also being scutellated above nearly to their base, and the talons are comparatively powerful. The markings also are somewhat peculiar, and recal to mind those of various South American Raptores; but still manifest a relationship to the true Buzzards, which is further conspicuously shewn by the rufous tail.” (Hodgson 1843); "Butastur Hodgson, 1843, Jour. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 12: 311.  Type, by original designation, Circus teesa Franklin." (Ripley, 1961, Synopsis Birds India Pakistan, p. 49).
Synon. Bupernis, Percnopsis, Poliornis, Valeria.

Hindi name Tīsā for the White-eyed Buzzard; ex “Zuggun Falcon” of Latham 1821 (Butastur).