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Buteo ventralis

Rufous-tailed Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Monotypic


Buteo ventralis

Contulmo, VIII región, Chile; 22 January 2009 © Tomás Rivas

The Rufous-tailed Hawk is the southern counterpart of the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jaimacensis) of North America. It occurs in a variety of habitats, mostly open, in southern and central Argentina and Chile. The pale morph resembles the Red-tailed in having a rufous tail, brown upperparts, and pale underparts, but is more uniformly streaked below. The dark morph is black overall, with a grayish tail banded narrowly in black. Feeding behavior is poorly known, but it is known to take small mammals and birds, generally hunting from a perch. The stick nest is placed high in a tree. The Rufous-tailed Hawk is relatively rare throughout its range, and may deserve special conservation attention.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis), 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:Southern temperate forest edge
  • Foraging Strata:Undescribed
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Mammals
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  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened