Haliaeetus cf. albicilla

Hawaiian white-tailed eagle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Either a new Hawaiian subspecies of, or conspecific with, H. albicilla (Fleischer et al., 2000).


Conservation Status

Extinct if distinct

Last record: c. 1,300 BC



Maui, Molokai and Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, USA


Biology & Ecology










Fleischer, Robert C.; Olson, Storrs L.; James, Helen F.; and, Cooper, Alan C. (2000). Identification of the Extinct Hawaiian Eagle (Haliaeetus) by mtDNA Sequence Analysis. The Auk 117(4): 1051-1056.

Hailer, Frank, James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L. and Fleischer, Robert C. (2015). Distinct and extinct: Genetic differentiation of the Hawaiian eagle. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 83: 40-43. [Abstract]

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. (1991). Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Part I. Non-Passeriformes. Ornithological Monographs, No. 45: 1-88.


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