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Journal für Ornithologie

, Volume 123, Issue 3, pp 259–267 | Cite as

Zur systematischen Stellung der Neuweltgeier (Cathartidae)

  • Claus König
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Zusammenfassung

Die systematische Stellung der Cathartidae ist umstritten. Vergleichende anatomisch-morphologische und ethologische Untersuchungen ergaben, daß die Neuweltgeier als konvergente Entwicklung zu den Altweltgeiern anzusehen sind und bei den Ciconiiformes einzureihen wären.

The taxonomic status of the Carthartidae

Summary

The taxonomic status of the Cathartidae is uncertain. Comparative studies concerning anatomy, morphology and ethology stressed the hypothesis, that the New World Vultures have to be considered as convergent developments to the Old World Vultures, who are not related to them. Systematically the Catharidae should be classified as Ciconiiformes and not as Falconiformes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claus König
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  1. 1.Staatl. Museum für NaturkundeStuttgart 1

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