- Buteogallus aequinoctialis
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
Coastal lowland swamps, mangroves, wet savannas and river edges.
Their diet consists almost entirely of crabs.
They mostly nest in mangroves. Their twiggy nest is lined with leaves.
- 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/
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Rufous Crab Hawk. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 12 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Rufous_Crab_Hawk