Schlagwort-Archive: Accipitriformes

Fossil record of the Accipitriformes

Family incertae sedis

Aviraptor longicrus Mayr & Hurum [3]

Accipitridae

Anchigyps voorhiesi Zhang, Feduccia & James

Apatosagittarius terrenus Feduccia & Voorhies

Buteo sanfelipensis Suárez [3]

Buteogallus royi Suárez [4]

Garganoaetus freudenthali Ballmann
Garganoaetus murivorus Ballmann

Gigantohierax itchei Suárez [4]

Gyps bochenskii Boev
Gyps melitensis Lydekker

Neogyps errans Miller

Neophrontops americanus Miller
Neophrontops slaughteri Feduccia
Neophrontops vallecitoensis Howard
Neophrontops vetustus Wetmore

Palaeoplancus dammanni Mayr & Perner [1]

Vinchinavis paka Tambussi et al. [2]

Horusornithidae

Horusornis vianeyliaudae Mourer-Chauviré

Pandionidae

Pandion homalopteron Warter
Pandion lovensis Becker
Pandion pannonicus Kessler

Pandionidae gen. & sp. ‚Bad Münster am Stein, Germany‘

Sagittariidae

Amanuensis pickfordi Mourer-Chauviré

Pelargopappus magnus Milne-Edwards

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References:

[1] Gerald Mayr; Thomas Perner: A new species of diurnal birds of prey from the late Eocene of Wyoming (USA) – one of the earliest New World records of the Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, and allies). Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen 297(2): 205 – 215. 2020
[2] Claudia P. Tambussi; Federico J. Degrange; Patricia L. Ciccioli; Francisco Prevosti: Avian remains from the Toro Negro Formation (Neogene), Central Andes of Argentina. Journa of South American Earth Sciences 2020
[3] Gerald Mayr; Jørn H. Hurum: A tiny, long-legged raptor from the early Oligocene of Poland may be the earliest bird-eating diurnal bird of prey. The Science of Nature 107(48): 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-020-01703-z
[4] William Suárez: The fossil avifauna of the tar seeps Las Breas de San Felipe, Matanzas, Cuba. Zootaxa 4780(1). 2020

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edited: 05.11.2020

Ospreys on the Tongan Islands – when did they disappear?

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus (L.)) is a highly specialized bird of prey that is distributed almost around the whole world except for Antarctica, and it was once even more widespread and occurred as far east as western Polynesia.:

The Osprey still ocurs on New Caledonia, but not further east, however, it formerly did and it is known to have occurred on the Tongan Islands on the basis of subfossil bones of adult and juvenile birds that were found in several archaeological sites on the islands of Ha’ano and ‚Uiha in the Ha’apai Islands group in the middle of the Tongan Islands chain. [2]

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PANDION HALIAETUS (?).
Falco haliaetus, Forst. Descr.* &c. p. 257.
Isle of Pines (Island of Spruce Trees); Tonga Islands (Tongatabu or Tonga Island).
“ [1]

Is it possible that this Tongan form has survived into the early 19th century?

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References:

[1] George Robert Gray: Catalogue of the birds of the tropical islands of the Pacific Ocean in the collection of the British Museum. London: printed by order of the Trustees 1859
[2] David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press 2006

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edited: 10.03.2020