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Photo by intervales
Intervales State Park, Brazil, January 2010
Pseudastur polionotus

Identification

47–51 cm
White head, masked appearance, ash grey cere and Lores (sometimes yellowish), pale grey bill with black tip, white underparts, grey and black upperparts, orange-yellow toes.

Juveniles are generally like adults but with dark streaks to crown and nape, yellowish on lore and cere.

In flight with broad and long wings rounded at ends and short tail. Tail is especially notable for lacking black subterminal band (often looking all white); one or more black subterminal bands are found on most confusing species. The wings have white coverts, flight feathers dusky except that secondaries and inner primaries have broad white tips.

Photo by Lcverissimo
Faxinal, Paraná State, Brazil, July 2014

Distribution

South America: found in tropical forests from eastern Brazil to eastern Uruguay and eastern Paraguay.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.
Formerly placed in genus Leucopternis.

Habitat

Humid forest and mixed woodland

Behaviour

Diet

Their diet consists of reptiles such as snakes, lizards and geckos. They will also take some birds and small mammals like rock cavies.

Vocalisation

Call: a penetrating whistled weeeuw.

References

  1. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  2. 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/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  4. Six page illustrated field identification of Mantled Hawk Neotropical Birdclub

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