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Great Black Hawk
51â€“64 cm (20-25 in)
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.
 Similar species
There are two subspecies:
Habitats from open country to forest but is normally to be seen near water.
Nests mostly in rainy season. The stick nest is usually placed in a tree or sometimes on a man-made structure. Clutch of one, rarely two white eggs with brown spots.
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.
Common call is a long drawn-out high-pitched scream, very unlike the laughing call of Common Black Hawk.
Mostly sedentary; individuals of northern race may wander into ChocÃ³ of Colombia with at least one stray juvenile north to Maine, USA.
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