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Buteo albigula

White-throated Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Monotypic


Buteo albigula

Contulmo, VIII región, Chile; 11 February 2009 © Tomás Rivas

The White-throated Hawk is a small, brown and white hawk of the Andes Mountains. An austral migrant, it breeds in central Chile and adjacent Argentina. It is now thought that birds found in the Andes from Peru north to Venezuela are entirely non-breeding visitors. It occurs in and around humid montane forests, and frequently soars high overhead. This species is dark brown above and largely white below. Unlike the similar Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus), White-throated has streaking confined largely to the sides of the breast and flanks, giving it a semi-collared appearance. The feeding and breeding behavior in this species are poorly-known. It apparently captures rodents and birds, and nests in shrubs or on cliffs.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula), 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:Austral Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Mammals
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  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern