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Gray-backed Hawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
El Oro Province, Ecuador, November, 2014
Pseudastur occidentalis


45–52 cm

  • Blackish-grey upperparts
  • Grey head (nape and mantle streaked with white)

Sexes similar


South America: found in western Ecuador and adjacent north-western Peru


This is a monotypic species[1].

It was formerly placed in the genus Leucopternis.


Montane evergreen and semi-deciduous forests. Observed at heights around 1,098 m.



Their diet consists of small birds and rodents, lizards, snakes, frogs, worms and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)
  4. BF Member observations

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