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Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

African Harrier-hawk (Polyboroides typus) - HBW 2, p. 143

French: Gymnogène d'Afrique German: Höhlenweihe Spanish: Aguilucho caricalvo Común
Other common names: Gymnogene, Banded Harrier-hawk

Taxonomy: Polyboroides Typus A. Smith, 1829, South Africa.
Relationships of genus far from clear, and variously associated with Dryotriorchis, Spilornis, Circus and Geranospiza, but possibly closest to Melierax. Forms superspecies with P. radiatus, with which often considered conspecific. Birds from W Zaire sometimes awarded separate race, prigoginei. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pectoralis Sharpe, 1903 - Senegambia E to W Sudan, N to Aïr Mountains (NW Niger) and S to Zaire.
  • typus A. Smith, 1829 - E Sudan to Eritrea and S to Angola and South Africa.

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