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Falconiformes

Falconidae

Falcons

David P. Mindell and John Harshman
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Containing group: 'Land Birds'

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Falconiformes traditionally includes all the diurnal raptors: Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, kites), Pandionidae (osprey), Cathartidae (New World vultures), and Sagittariidae (secretary bird), but all these have been removed to a separate order, Accipitriformes, leaving Falconidae as the only family in the order.

Other Names for Falconidae

References

Brown, L. and D. Amadon. 1968. Eagles, Hawks, and Falcons of the World. Middlesex: Country Life Books.

del Hoyo, J., A. Elliot, and J. Sargatal (eds). 1994. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 2. Barcelona, Spain: Lynx Ediciones.

Ferguson-Lees, J. and D. A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the World. London, UK: Christopher Helm.

Griffiths, C. S. 1994. Monophyly of the Falconiformes based on syringeal morphology. Auk 111:787-805.

Griffiths, C. S.. 1999. Phylogeny of the Falconidae inferred from molecular and morphological data. Auk 116:116-130.

Griffiths, C. S., G. F. Barrowclough, J. G. Groth, and L. Mertz. 2004. Phylogeny of the Falconidae (Aves): a comparison of the efficacy of morphological, mitochondrial, and nuclear data. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 32:101-109.

Olson, S. L. 1976. The affinities of the falconid genus Spiziapteryx. Auk 91:633-635.

Seibold, I., A. J. Helbig, and M. Wink. 1993. Molecular systematics of falcons (family Falconidae), Naturwissenschaften 80:87-90.

Wink, M. and H. Sauer-Gurth. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships in diurnal raptors based on nucleotide sequences of mitochondrial and nuclear marker genes. In: Chancellor, R. D.; Meyburg, B.-U. (eds), Raptors Worldwide. Budapest/Berlin: MME/WWGBP, pp. 483498.

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Scientific Name Caracara cheriway
Location Laguna Vista, Texas
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Crested Caracara
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2005 Michael Martin
Scientific Name Phalcoboenus australis
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Caracara
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © Morgan
Scientific Name Falco sparverius
Comments American Kestrel
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Male
Source American Kestrel (Male)
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2006 Ashok Khosla
About This Page

David P. Mindell
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA


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