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 Great Black-Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)




Great Black-Hawk | Buteogallus urubitinga photo
Great black-hawk, near wetland area of Estancia El Trebol, Bajo Chaco, Paraguay.

Photograph by John Mosesso, Andrea Grosse. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

GREAT BLACK-HAWK FACTS

Description
The Great Black Hawk is mainly black with short white tail with a broad black tip. The bill is black. The legs and cere are yellow. Males and females are similar. Immature birds are dark brown above with spotting and streaks, buff below with dark spots, tail has black and dusky bars. The Great Black Hawk resembles the Common Black Hawk, but is larger with a different call and different tail pattern.

Size
length 56cm - 64cm

Environment
coastal forest, open woodland near water.

Food
The Great Black Hawk feeds mainly on reptiles, other small vertebrates, large insects.

Breeding
Nest is made of sticks and built in a tree. Lays one white egg with dark blotches.

Range
found in Mexico, Central America, and South America to Peru and northern Argentina.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Buteogallus
Species:urubitinga
Common Name:Great Black-Hawk


Relatives in same Genus
  Common Black-Hawk (B. anthracinus)