Eagle - Species


Major new research into eagle taxonomy suggests that the important genera Aquila and Hieraaetus are not composed of nearest relatives, and it is likely that a reclassification of these genera will soon take place, with some species being moved to Lophaetus or Ictinaetus.

  • Bonelli's Eagle, and the Booted Eagle have been moved from Hieraaetus to Aquila.
  • Either the Greater Spotted Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle should move from Aquila to join the Long-crested Eagle in Lophaetus, or, perhaps better, all three of these species should move to Ictinaetus with the Black Eagle.
  • The Steppe Eagle and Tawny Eagle, once thought to be conspecific, are not even each other's nearest relatives.


  • Subfamily Buteoninae – hawks (buzzards), true eagles and seaeagles
    • Genus Geranoaetus
      • Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Geranoaetus melanoleucus
    • Genus Harpyhaliaetus
      • Crowned Solitary Eagle, Harpyhaliaetus coronatus
      • Montane Solitary Eagle, H. solitarius
    • Genus Morphnus
      • Crested Eagle, Morphnus guianensis
    • Genus Harpia
      • Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja
    • Genus Pithecophaga
      • Philippine Eagle, Pithecophaga jefferyi
    • Genus Harpyopsis
      • Papuan Eagle, Harpyopsis novaeguineae
    • Genus Oroaetus
      • Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Oroaetus isidori
    • Genus Spizaetus
      • Cassin's Hawk-Eagle, Spizaetus africanus
      • Crested Hawk-Eagle, S. cirrhatus
      • Mountain Hawk-Eagle, S. nipalensis
      • Blyth's Hawk-Eagle, S. alboniger
      • Javan Hawk-Eagle, S. bartelsi
      • Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, S. lanceolatus
      • Philippine Hawk-Eagle, S. philippensis
      • Wallace's Hawk-Eagle, S. nanus
      • Black Hawk-Eagle, S. tyrannus
      • Ornate Hawk-Eagle, S. ornatus
      • Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, S. melanoleucus
    • Genus Lophaetus
      • Long-crested Eagle, Lophaetus occipitalis – possibly belongs in Ictinaetus
    • Genus Stephanoaetus
      • Crowned Eagle, Stephanoaetus coronatus
    • Genus Polemaetus
      • Martial Eagle, Polemaetus bellicosus
    • Genus Hieraaetus
      • Ayres' Hawk-eagle, Hieraaetus ayresii
      • African Hawk-Eagle, H. spilogaster
      • Little Eagle, H. morphnoides
        • Pygmy Eagle, H. m. weiskei
    • Genus Harpagornis (extinct)
      • Haast's Eagle, †Harpagornis moorei – possibly belongs in either Hieraaetus or Aquila
    • Genus Lophotriorchis
      • Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle, L. kienerii
    • Genus Aquila
      • Bonelli's Eagle, Aquila fasciata – formerly Hieraaetus fasciatus
      • Booted Eagle, A. pennata – formerly Hieraaetus pennatus
      • Golden Eagle, A. chrysaetos
      • Eastern Imperial Eagle, A. heliaca
      • Spanish Imperial Eagle A. adalberti
      • Steppe Eagle, A. nipalensis
      • Tawny Eagle, A. rapax
      • Greater Spotted Eagle, A. clanga – to be moved to Lophaetus or Ictinaetus
      • Lesser Spotted Eagle, A. pomarina – to be moved to Lophaetus or Ictinaetus
      • Indian Spotted Eagle, A. hastata – to be moved to Lophaetus or Ictinaetus
      • Verreaux's Eagle, A. verreauxii
      • Gurney's Eagle, A. gurneyi
      • Wahlberg's Eagle, A. wahlbergi
      • Wedge-tailed Eagle, A. audax
    • Genus Ictinaetus
      • Black Eagle, Ictinaetus malayensis
    • Genus Haliaeetus
      • White-tailed Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla
      • Bald Eagle, H. leucocephalus
      • Steller's Sea Eagle, H. pelagicus
      • African Fish Eagle, H. vocifer
      • White-bellied Sea Eagle, H. leucogaster
      • Sanford's Sea Eagle, H. sanfordi
      • Madagascar Fish Eagle, H. vociferoides
      • Pallas' Sea Eagle, H. leucoryphus
    • Genus Ichthyophaga
      • Lesser Fish Eagle, Ichthyophaga humilis
      • Grey-headed Fish Eagle, I. ichthyaetus
  • Subfamily Circaetinae: snake-eagles
    • Genus Terathopius
      • Bateleur, Terathopius ecaudatus
    • Genus Circaetus
      • Short-toed Snake Eagle, Circaetus gallicus
      • Black-chested Snake Eagle, C. pectoralis
      • Brown Snake Eagle, C. cinereus
      • Fasciated Snake Eagle, C. fasciolatus
      • Western Banded Snake Eagle, C. cinerascens
    • Genus Spilornis
      • Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela
        • Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle, S. minimus (subspecies or species)
      • Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle, S. klossi
      • Mountain Serpent Eagle, S. kinabaluensis
      • Sulawesi Serpent Eagle, S. rufipectus
      • Philippine Serpent Eagle, S. holospilus
      • Andaman Serpent Eagle, S. elgini
    • Genus Eutriorchis
      • Madagascar Serpent Eagle, Eutriorchis astur

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