CIRCAETUS

(Accipitridae; Ϯ Short-toed Eagle C. gallicus) Gr. κιρκος kirkos  type of hawk, here associated with the harrier; αετος aetos  eagle; "11. CIRCAËTE, Circaëtus.  Falco, Linn. Gm. Lath.  Bec presque droit à la base, convexe en dessus. — Cire un peu poilue. — Tarses alongés. —Doigts un peu courts; les extérieurs unis à l'origine par une membrane. —Ongles courts, presque égaux.   Esp. Jean-le-Blanc, Buff.  ...  Circaetus [κιρκος, circus,  αετος, aquila]." (Vieillot 1816); "Circaëtus Vieillot, Analyse, 1816, p. 23. Type, by monotypy, "Jean-le-Blanc" Buffon = Falco gallicus Gmelin." (Peters 1931, 1, 269). Like its congeners, commonly called snake eagles, the Short-toed Eagle has a flattened owl- or harrier-like face.
Var. Circaetos, Circaetes, Circaeetus, CircaeatusCircaestus.
Synon. Melanaetus, Senex, Smithaetus.

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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 13 December 2018).