Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) - HBW 2, p. 113

French: Milan des chauves souris German: Fledermausaar Spanish: Milano Murcielaguero
Other common names: Bat Falcon/Pern/Kite, Bat-eating Buzzard/Hawk

Taxonomy: Macheiramphus alcinus Bonaparte, 1850, Malacca.
Monotypic genus with affinities uncertain; formerly classified in Falconidae. Genus name often spelt Machaerhamphus, but Macheiramphus has priority. Little known population of Sulawesi might refer to distinct, undescribed race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • alcinus Bonaparte, 1850 - S Burma, W Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and NC Sulawesi.
  • papuanus Mayr, 1940 - E New Guinea.
  • anderssoni (Gurney, 1866) - Senegambia E to Ethiopia and S to South Africa, Madagascar.