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

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Black baza (Aviceda leuphotes)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Perninae
Genus: Aviceda
Swainson, 1836


Aviceda: Latin: avis ″bird″; -cida ″killer″, from caedere ″to kill″[2]


Common name Scientific name [a] IUCN Red List Status Distribution Picture
African cuckoo-hawk Aviceda cuculoides
Swainson, 1837
LC IUCN[3] Sub-Saharan Africa and eastern parts of southern Africa  
Jerdon's baza Aviceda jerdoni
(Blyth, 1842)
LC IUCN[4] South-east Asia  
Black baza Aviceda leuphotes
(Dumont, 1820)
LC IUCN[5]    
Madagascar cuckoo-hawk Aviceda madagascariensis
(Smith, 1834)
LC IUCN[6]    
Pacific baza Aviceda subcristata
(Gould, 1838)
LC IUCN[7]    


  1. ^ A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Aviceda .


  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". Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2017). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (2018) (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.
  3. ^ "Aviceda cuculoides (African Cuckoo-hawk, African Cuckoo Hawk, African Cuckoo-Hawk)". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Aviceda jerdoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  5. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Aviceda leuphotes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Aviceda madagascarensis Madagascar cuckoo-hawk". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Aviceda subcristata (Pacific Baza)". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22694961A95221429.en.