Pandion Savig. Descr. de l'Egypte, Ois., i, pp. 69, 95 (1809).
Type, Falco haliaetus Linn.
In this genus the bill is moderate, the tip long and greatly hooked; festoon variable; nostrils small, narrow and oblique; the tarsus is short and very powerful, reticulated throughout except on the extremity of the toes alone; toes also very powerful with prickly scales on the soles and with long, subequal claws, which are strongly curved; wings very long and pointed, the third longest and the first between the fourth and fifth or equal to the latter ; tail almost square.