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What is the qualification for designation as Hawk-Eagle ?

Asked by BillB (18points) June 1st, 2013

There is a group of eagles designated as Hawk Eagles. Don’t understand what the criteria is for this.

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There is a variety of eagles called hawk-eagles. These links discuss the specific birds and their characteristic, but I can’t find a reference that identifies why a bird is designated a hawk-eagle vs an eagle.

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Nomenclature is lost in the mists of time. Folksy observations?

They are all raptors aka birds of prey.

The Merlin is known colloquially as a pigeon hawk.

The American Kestrel is also called a sparrow hawk.

It’s a confusing subject. Look at the species, subspecies and genus labels of these more- than-60 eagles.

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