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Busarellus nigricollis

Black-collared Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Kyle Huffstater, C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and M. C. Arizmendi

Busarellus nigricollis

Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil; 10 December 2006 © Arthur Grosset

The Black-collared Hawk is a denizen of most fresh or brackish water habitats in tropical and subtropical Central and South America, occurring from central Mexico south to Uruguay. Typically Black-collared Hawks perch above shallow pools or marshes and drop onto prey, which most often are fish; as in the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), the undersides of the toes of this hawk have spines to aid in grabbing fish. Other prey includes lizards or rodents. Named for its black bib, the Black-collared Hawk most easily is identified by its rufous plumage and very short tail. This species can be quite common in appropriate habitat but is patchily distributed and local over much of Amazonia.

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Recommended Citation

Kyle Huffstater, C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and M. C. Arizmendi. 2012. Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Flooded tropical evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Water (surface)
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Fish
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 1 - 1
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern