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Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus) - HBW 2, p. 143

French: Buse unibande German: Sperberbussard Spanish: Busardo Gavilán

Taxonomy: Falco monogrammicus Temminck, 1824, Senegal.
Monotypic genus, probably allied to Melierax through plumage, behaviour and yolk colour; traditionally associated with sub buteonine hawks (see page 55), although interestingly race meridionalis was originally described in genus Micronisus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • monogrammicus (Temminck, 1824) - Senegambia E to Ethiopia and S to Uganda and Kenya.
  • meridionalis (Hartlaub, 1860) - S Kenya S to N South Africa and W to Angola and N Namibia.