AVICEDA

(Accipitridae; Ϯ African Cuckoo Falcon A. cuculoides) L. avis  bird; -cida  killer  > caedere  to kill; "one we have received from Western Africa, and to which we have given the name Aviceda.  This subgenus, for as such we consider it, appears to follow that of Lophotes: both have the bills bidentate; both have remarkably long wings, and short tarsi; but the bill of Aviceda is much more powerful, while the feet are stout, and the claws strong and well curved. In the structure of its feet it differs from all the falcons we have yet examined. The tarsus is not longer than the hind toe and claw, and, from being feathered for more than half its length, it appears even shorter: the sole of the foot is remarkably broad, and is entirely destitute of those prominent callous pads which belong to Falco, Harpagus, and most of the hawks. Unlike all these genera, the inner toe is decidedly longer than the outer; so that the bird, in fact, may be said to have the feet and wings of Cyminidis, with the bill of Harpagus and Lophotes: it is a falcon in the disguise of a kite, — as such, at least, we view it; and by placing it next Lophotes, its station in the circle actually confirms this analogy." (Swainson 1836); "AVICEDA, Swain.  ...  A. cuculoïdes.  West. Afr. i. pl. 1." (Swainson 1837); "Aviceda Swainson, Classif. Bds., 1, 1836, p. 300 (diagnosis; no included species). Type, by subsequent designation, Aviceda cuculoides Swainson, op. cit., 2, 1837, p. 214." (Peters 1931, 1, 195).
Var. AvecidaAvicida (“For Aviceda, Sw., write Avicida ... after the analogy of regicida, &c.” (Strickland 1841)).
Synon. Baza, Hyptiopus, Lepidogenys, Lophastur, Lophotes, Nesobaza.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 16 December 2018).