Discussion about the evolution, relationships, and naming of New Zealand birds
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I prefer Harpagornis as the common English name too, but I also don't mind Haasts Eagle. Haast also wrote that he saw large eagles in life in the Southern Alps. He was a good guy so its fitting that the species be named after him. Buller on the other hand was a nasty egotistical old bugger (mainly because he ripped off my Cantabrian hero - Potts), so lets remove his name from the various English common and scientific names its associated with? "Hazar hazar"!
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Some genetic work on our extinct raptors https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 0318306328 re-iterates the relationship of Haast's Eagle with Little eagle and also shows, for the first time I think, that Eyles' Harrier is a giant derivative of the Australian Spotted Harrier rather than the Swamp Harrier. I have not seen the full paper however...