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Buteo nitidus

Gray-lined Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic 4 Subspecies

Authors: Rodríguez-Flores, C., C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi

Life History








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Sexual Behavior

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Social and interspecific behavior

It is common to observe Buteo nitidus perched on light poles, trees, aerials.


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During the reproductive season, individuals of Gray Hawk perform aerial displays, including flights at high altitude (500 m) where they stop and throw in free fall simulating persecution. Aggressively defend the area around the nests of other raptors. The

Gray Hawk breed between April and July, and usually only once a year. Their nests are small and deep, constructed with branches that are connected by smaller branches, 45 cm outside diameter. These can be built in different places: in crown of trees, fore

Populations and Demography

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Recommended Citation

Rodríguez-Flores, C., C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Gray-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: