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Containing group: Falconiformes


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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. 483?498.

Title Illustrations
Scientific Name Polihierax semitorquatus
Location Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Comments African pygmy falcon
Acknowledgements The copyright owner has released this image under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Creative Commons License.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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