Aquila brachialis (de Vis, 1889:162)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Uroaetus brachialis de Vis, 1889:162 (protonym); Taphaetus brachialis (de Vis, 1889:162)


Now considered a synonym of the Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax) (Worthy & Nguyen, 2020:95).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: Late Pleistocene



Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology









Original scientific description:

de Vis, Charles W. (1889). On a bone of an extinct eagle. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 6: 161-162.


Other references:

Condon, H. T. (1975). Checklist of the Birds of Australia. Part 1 Non-Passerines. Royal Australasian Union. 311 pp.

de Vis, Charles W. (1891). Note on an extinct eagle. Proceedings of The Linnean Society of New South Wales 6: 123-125.

de Vis, Charles W. (1892). Residue of the extinct birds of Queensland as yet detected. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 6: 437-456.

de Vis, Charles W. (1905). A contribution to the knowledge of the extinct avifauna of Australia. Annals of the Queensland Museum 6: 1-25, pls. 1-9.

Mather, Ellen K., Lee, Michael S. Y. and Worthy, Trevor H. (2022). A new look at an old Australian raptor places “Taphaetuslacertosus de Vis 1905 in the Old World vultures (Accipitridae: Aegypiinae). Zootaxa 5168(1): 1-23.

van Tets, G. (1984). A checklist of extinct fossil Australasian birds, pp 469-475. In: Archer, Michael and Clayton, Georgina (eds.). Vertebrate Zoogeography & Evolution in Australasia: Animals in Space & Time. Carlisle, WA: Hesperian Press.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Nguyen, Jacqueline M. T. (2020). An annotated checklist of the fossil birds of Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 144(1): 66-108.


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