English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax Keilschwanzadler Aguila Audaz
Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii Kaffernadler Aguila Cafre
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata Habichtsadler Aguila-azor Perdicera
African Hawk-Eagle Aquila spilogaster Afrikanischer Habichtsadler Aguila-azor Africana
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus Zwergadler Aguililla Calzada
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides Kaninchenadler Aguililla Australiana
Ayres's Hawk Eagle Hieraaetus ayresii Fleckenadler Aguila-azor de Ayres
Rufous-bellied Eagle Lopotriorchis kienerii Rotbauchadler Aguila-azor ventrirroja
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus melanoleucus Elsteradler Aguila-azor Blanquinegra
Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis Schopfadler Aguila Crestilarga
Cassin's Hawk-Eagle Aquila africana Schwarzachseladler Aguila-azor Congoleña
Changeable Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus Haubenadler Aguila-azor Cresteda
Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis Bergadler Aguila-azor Montañesa
Javan Hawk-Eagle@ Nisaetus bartelsi Javaadler Aguila-azor de Java
Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle@ Nisaetus lanceolatus Celebesadler Aguila-azor de Célebes
Philippine Hawk-Eagle@ Nisaetus philippensis Philippinenadler Aguila-azor Filipina
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus alboniger Traueradler Aguila-azor Indonesia
Wallace's Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nanus Dschungeladler Aguila-azor de Wallace
Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus Tyrannenadler Aguila-azor Negra
Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus Prachtadler Aguila-azor Galana
Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus Kronenadler Aguila Coronada
Black-and-chestnut Eagle Spizaetus isidori Isidoradler Aguila Poma
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus Kampfadler Aguila Marcial
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis Malaienadler Aguila Milana
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina Schreiadler Aguila Pomerana
Indian Spotted Eagle Clanga hastata
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga Schelladler Aguila Moteada
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax Savannenadler Aguila Rapaz
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis Steppenadler Aguila Esteparia
Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti Spanischer Kaiseradler Aguila Imperial Ibérica
Easten Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca Kaiseradler Aguila Imperial Oriental
Wahlberg's Eagle Hieraaetus wahlbergi Silberadler Aguila de Wahlberg
Gurney's Eagle Aquila gurneyi Molukkenadler Aguila Moluqueña
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Steinadler Aguila Real
Pygmy Eagle Hieraaetus weiskei
Legge's Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus kelaarti Ceylonadler Aguila azor de Ceilán
Rensch's Eagle@ Aquila renschi Renschadler Aguila-azor de Rensch
Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle@ Nisaetus pinskeri Mindanaohaubenadler Aguila-azor de Pinsker
Flores Hawk-Eagle@ Nisaetus floris Flores-Haubenadler Aguila azor de Flores

Help with Searching

My work on birds is carried out in a huge database, where I can have all records open at once. However, converting details on over 10,000 species of birds at once into html is not possible, so the information in my database can be accessed via a search engine, or by going to a family group.

Here is some advice on searching. You may like to try the examples cited below to get experience with searching.

You can search on Scientific Name (for example, “Rallus longirostris”); or on English Name (for example, “Clapper Rail”); or on French Name “Râle gris”; or German Name (for example, “Klapperralle”); or Spanish Name (for example “Rascón Piquilargo”). You can search on only one of these at a time. If the search finds a unique match, it will display full details of the species. Note that some of the fields, which may contain large amounts of information, require you to click on a “Click to see full text” to view the information in a separate window.

If the search finds more than one match, it will display all species that match the search term. For example, if you type just “Rallus” against Scientific Name, the detail of all birds in the genus Rallus will be displayed. You are warned against typing a search term that will produce hundreds of records, such as “Flycatcher” under English Name, as the resulting list may overwhelm your computer’s memory.

If you enter a search term under English Synonym ( for example, “Little Cassowary”), if the search finds a unique match, it will display the details of the species to which this name relates (in this case “Dwarf Cassowary” Casuarius bennettii). If the search term finds more than one match among English Synonyms, it will display all species that have a match with the search term ( for example, try just “Cassowary”. This will list all species that have an English synonym that includes the word “Cassowary”.)

You can also search by Scientific Synonym. For example, if you type “Scolopax obscura”, the following record will be displayed:
Scolopax obscura S.G.Gmelin,1784,Reise durch Russland zur Untersuchung der drey Reiche,3,p.90,pl.17. (Shore of Caspian Sea). (= R.a.aquaticus)

The search may retrieve more than one record. For example, if you search for “Rallus gularis”, you will get both the following records:
Rallus gularis Horsfield,1821,Transactions of the Linnaean Society of London,13,pt.1,p.196.(Java.), which is the basis of Gallirallus striatus gularis; and
Rallus gularis Lesson(ex Cuvier MS),”1831”,Traité d'Ornithologie(1830),p.536. (Madagascar). Not Rallus gularis of Horsfield,1821. (= D.c.cuvieri), which is a synonym, though not available because it is pre-occupied, of Dryolimnas cuvieri cuvieri.

Of course if you use a single word as a search term, such as “Hypotaenidia”, your search will produce all synonyms containing this term.

You should be aware that I have reproduced exactly the name as it was cited by the original author. For example, Gallirallus was originally proposed by Lafresnaye,1841 as “Galli-rallus”. And the ligature “æ” was widely used before the twentieth century, as in “Anser cærulescens Bonnaterre,1790”.
I am in the process of going through my file and replacing all instances of spelling which deviate from the modern spelling with, for example, “Gallirallus [as Galli-rallus] Lafresnaye,1841”.
Another problem is that where a citation has abbreviated the name, the abbreviated portions of the name are reproduced in brackets. For example, in G. R. Gray, 1844-49, the genus was abbreviated to the first letter; thus we find C[achinna] herpetotheres.

If you enter a term under Generic Name, if a unique match is found, it should display a single record. For example, if you enter “Rallus”, the following will be displayed:
Rallus Linnaeus,1758,Systema Naturae....editio decima,tom.1,pars 1,p.153.Type,by subsequent designation (Fleming,1821,Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society,3,p.176.),Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus,1758.

Note that this is case-sensitive, for example if you type Rallus, the citation for “Gallirallus” will not be displayed, nor that for “Laterallus”.

Since my checklist is extensively annotated, this search will also display any notes that apply to a generic name. For example, if you searched for “Lyrurus”, the following will be produced:
Lyrurus Swainson,”1831”,in Swainson & Richardson,Fauna Boreali-Americana,2(1832),p.497.Type,by original designation,Tetrao tetrix Linnaeus,1758.
Note!:Madge & McGowan,2002,Pheasants,Partridges and Grouse,p.368 resurrect Lyrurus as a genus:"Though often absorbed within Tetrao,the two species of black grouse form a distinctive pair...both Lyrurus have quite ornate,peculiarly twisted tails and
(ctd!) indulge in communal lekking, which differs considerably from the often solitary "popping" of forest-living capercaillies."

Searching for a Subgeneric name is similar. For example, if you enter “Tricholimnas”, you will get:
Tricholimnas Sharpe,1893,Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club,1,p.28.Type,by original designation,Tricholimnas lafresnayanus (Verreaux) = Gallirallus lafresnayanus J. Verreaux & Des Murs,1860.
And as is usual with subgeneric names, a following note:
Note>:Tricholimnas contains only G.lafresnayanus.

Finally, you can search on Generic or Subgeneric Synonym. If you type “Nesolimnas”, you will get:
Nesolimnas Andrews,1896,Novitates Zoologicae,3,pp.260,266.Type,by monotypy,Rallus dieffenbachii G.R.Gray,1843. (= Hypotaenidea)
The entry on brackets indicates that this is a synonym of the subgeneric name Hypotaenidea.

Note that such searches will not infrequently produce more than one result. This will include cases where a name was originally cited as a Nomen nudum (that is, no type species was designated), and later cited with a valid type species. It will also include cases of Homonyms, where the later name will be marked “Not….”.

If you have any further queries, please email jpenhall@bigpond.net.au