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Rufous Crab Hawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Luis R
Caño Ajies, Estado Sucre, Venezuela, 22 June 2008
Buteogallus aequinoctialis

Identification

Juvenile
Photo © by alexandre vinot
Kourou French Guiana, December 2007

42–47 cm (16½-18½ in)

  • Sooty-black head, throat and hind neck
  • Darkish brown on wings and back
  • Rufous wing panel
  • Short wings
  • Short tail: black with white tip

Distribution

South America: found from North East Venezuela (Orinoco delta), through French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname to eastern Brazil (Paraná). Also in Trinidad and Tobago

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Coastal lowland swamps, mangroves, wet savannas and river edges.

Behaviour

Photo © by rka
Brickfield, Trinidad, October 2018

Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of crabs.

Breeding

They mostly nest in mangroves. Their twiggy nest is lined with leaves.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Bierregaard, R. O., G. M. Kirwan, P. F. D. Boesman, and C.J. Sharpe (2020). Rufous Crab Hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.ruchaw1.01

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