12.11.15

Chaco Eagle!

Over the last few weeks the SACC has been cleaning up some names; a lull in the flood of new taxa perhaps?

Anyway, I was quite pleased to see today that this proposal to recognize Buteogallus coronatus as Chaco Eagle, befitting its core range in the heartland of the Chaco, has just passed. 




This is a hugely under-appreciated biotope, with many ecological threats and subsuming one of the poorest regions of the continent at its epicentre in Paraguay and northern Argentina.

How great to have a name that situates this apex bird in its geographic heartland.

And what irony that my last three trips to the Chaco I've dipped on this bird.

As an aside, they could have gone with Crowned Buzzard-Chicken ;)

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