Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Black Solitary Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus solitarius) - HBW 2, p. 175

French: Buse solitaire German: Einsiedleradler Spanish: Aguila Solitaria
Other common names: Solitary Eagle(!)

Taxonomy: Circaëtus solitarius Tschudi, 1844, Río Chanchamayo, Junín, Peru.
Closely allied to Buteogallus. Formerly considered race of H. coronatus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sheffleri (van Rossem, 1948) - locally in highlands from W Mexico (Sonora) to Panama.
  • solitarius (Tschudi, 1844) - locally from Colombia (Santa Marta Mts) E to N Venezuela and S through humid Andes to NW Argentina; also occurs in the Guianas, where limits of range virtually unknown.

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