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Geranospiza caerulescens

Crane Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic 6 Subspecies


Geranospiza caerulescens

Hacienda La Zuliana, Campo Boscán, Estado Zulia. Venezuela; 26 April 2009 © Karla Pérez León

The Crane Hawk is a gangly raptor found in a wide variety of habitats. Gray overall, adults have a distinctive white crescent on the undersides of their primaries, and a black-and-white banded tail. Their long, orange, "double-jointed" legs are used to reach into crevices and cavities to obtain snakes, nestling birds, bats, and other food items. This species soars infrequently, and usually is spotted flying low overhead or perching in a tree inside forest or at the forest border. Uncommon in most areas, the Crane Hawk occurs from northern Mexico south to northwestern Peru, and east of the Andes south to northern Argentina and Uruguay.


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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens), 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:Undescribed
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Reach
  • Diet:Small vertebrates and large arthropods
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern