Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Spot-winged Falconet (Spiziapteryx circumcinctus) - HBW 2, p. 254

French: Carnifex à ailes tachetées German: Tropfenfalke Spanish: Halconcito Argentino

Taxonomy: Harpagus circumcinctus Kaup, 1852, Chili; error, Mendoza, Argentina.
Taxonomic position unclear, and species frequently placed in present subfamily or in Polyborinae: variously associated with Old World genus Polihierax, or with aberrant Neotropical falconids Micrastur, Herpetotheres and caracaras; sometimes considered closest to caracaras, but alternatively placed apart in separate subfamily alongside only Herpetotheres. Monotypic.

Distribution: E Bolivia (Santa Cruz) through Paraguay to N & C Argentina (S to Río Negro).