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Buteogallus schistaceus

Slate-colored Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Monotypic


Buteogallus schistaceus

Maraã, Amazonas, Brazil; 14 June 2015 © Margi Moss

The Slate-colored Hawk is a medium-sized, gray raptor of Amazonian forests. It resembles the closely-related Plumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis plumbeus) of the lowlands west of the Andes, but is larger and has dark rather than white underwing coverts. Both share overall slate-gray plumage, a single white subterminal tail band, an orange cere, and orange legs. The Slate-colored occurs in forest, often near water, and including gallery forest and mangroves. It appears to be a generalist forager, with recorded prey items including snakes, frogs, small monkeys, and birds. It is a sit-and-wait predator, and easily is overlooked when sitting at a favored perch within the forest. It is found through much of the Amazon basin as well as the upper Orinoco drainage in Venezuela and Colombia.


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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Slate-colored Hawk (Buteogallus schistaceus), 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:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Amphibians and Reptiles
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  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern