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Great Black Hawk

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Photo by AracariIgarape Jauari, Serra do Araca State Park, AM,Brazil, January 2007
Photo by Aracari
Igarape Jauari, Serra do Araca State Park, AM,Brazil, January 2007
Buteogallus urubitinga


[edit] Identification

ImmaturePhoto by Dave B SmithTobago, March 2011
Photo by Dave B Smith
Tobago, March 2011

51–64 cm (20-25 in)

  • Black overall plumage
  • White on the base and the tip of the tail
  • Yellow legs and cere.

[edit] Variations

Extent of white on tail and color of lores is variable; subspecies ridgwayi has two white bands on the tail, of which the upper is narrow and often concealed, and slaty lores. This subspecies also often shows some white barring on thighs.

[edit] Similar species

Compare with Common Black Hawk and the rare Solitary Eagle

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America: found from Mexico to Bolivia, Argentina, and Uruguay.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

JuvenilePhoto by Rogerio Araújo DiasBrasília, Brazil
Photo by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasília, Brazil

There are two subspecies[1]:

  • B. u. ridgwayi:
  • B. u. urubitinga:

[edit] Habitat

Habitats from open country to forest but is normally to be seen near water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

A wide variety of prey, including birds, rodents, land crabs, frogs and fish. They are also known to eat fruit.

Have been observed feeding in the company of caracaras and vultures.

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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