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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Subordo: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Tyrannoraptora
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Ordo: Accipitriformes

Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Perninae
Genus: Aviceda
Species: A. cuculoides - A. jerdoni - A. leuphotes - A. madagascariensis - A. subcristata


Aviceda Swainson, 1836

On the natural history and classification of birds. 1 p.300

The bazas,[1] Aviceda, are a genus of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. The genus has a widespread distribution from Australia to southern Asia and across to Africa. The bazas are sometimes known as cuckoo-hawks. A prominent crest is a feature of the bazas. They have two tooth-like indentations on the edge of the upper bill.


Aviceda: Latin: avis ″bird″; -cida ″killer″, from caedere ″to kill″[2]

Common name Scientific name [a] IUCN Red List Status Distribution Picture
African cuckoo-hawk Aviceda cuculoides
Swainson, 1837
LC IUCN[3] Sub-Saharan Africa and eastern parts of southern Africa Aviceda cuculoides00.jpg
Jerdon's baza Aviceda jerdoni
(Blyth, 1842)
LC IUCN[4] South-east Asia Adult Jerdon's Baza.jpg
Black baza Aviceda leuphotes
(Dumont, 1820)
LC IUCN[5] Black Baza ebird data map.png Black Baza at Mahananda WLS.jpg
Madagascar cuckoo-hawk Aviceda madagascariensis
(Smith, 1834)
LC IUCN[6] Aviceda madagascariensis distribution map.png Aviceda madagascariensis 1868.jpg
Pacific baza Aviceda subcristata
(Gould, 1838)
LC IUCN[7] Pacific Baza.png Aviceda subcristata -captive-8.jpg


A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Aviceda .

Etymological note: the common name "baza" is derived from baaz, the Hindi name for the northern goshawk, (Accipiter gentilis). Baaz has its origins in Arabic.
Aasheesh Pittie. "A dictionary of scientific bird names originating from the Indian region". Retrieved 24 September 2015.
Jobling, J.A. (2017). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (2018) (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.
"Aviceda cuculoides (African Cuckoo-hawk, African Cuckoo Hawk, African Cuckoo-Hawk)". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
BirdLife International (2012). "Aviceda jerdoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
BirdLife International (2012). "Aviceda leuphotes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
"Aviceda madagascarensis Madagascar cuckoo-hawk". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
BirdLife International (2016). "Aviceda subcristata (Pacific Baza)". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22694961A95221429.en.

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