Pacific Baza
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Aviceda
Swainson 1836
Species: See text

The bazas,[1] Aviceda, are a genus of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. 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.



  1. ^ 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". http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/Vol%209%20(2)dictionary.pdf. Retrieved April 27, 2009. [dead link]