Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) - HBW 2, p. 107

French: Baza huppé German: Papuaweih Spanish: Baza Australiano
Other common names: Crested/Lizard Hawk, Crested/Lizard Baza

Taxonomy: Lepidogenys subcristatus Gould, 1838, New South Wales.
Probably forms superspecies with A. jerdoni, A. cuculoides and A. madagascariensis. Populations of Solomon Is now regarded as single race, thus possible races proxima and robusta now included in gurneyi. Race njikena of NW Australia doubtfully separable from nominate subcristata. Thirteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • timorlauensis (A. B. Meyer, 1894) - islands off Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas.
  • pallida (Stresemann, 1913) - S Moluccas.
  • reinwardtii (Schlegel & S. Müller, 1841) - C Moluccas.

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  • timorlauensis (A. B. Meyer, 1894) - islands off Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas.
  • pallida (Stresemann, 1913) - S Moluccas.
  • reinwardtii (Schlegel & S. Müller, 1841) - C Moluccas.
  • stresemanni (Siebers, 1930) - Buru (C Moluccas).
  • rufa (Schlegel, 1866) - N Moluccas.
  • waigeuensis Mayr, 1940 - Waigeo I.
  • obscura Junge, 1956 - Biak I.
  • stenozona (G. R. Gray, 1858) - W New Guinea, Aru Is.
  • megala (Stresemann, 1913) - E New Guinea.
  • coultasi Mayr, 1945 - Admiralty Is.
  • bismarckii (Sharpe, 1888) - Bismarck Archipelago.
  • gurneyi (Ramsay, 1882) - Solomon Is.
  • subcristata (Gould, 1838) - N & NE Australia.