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Pseudastur polionotus

Mantled Hawk

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Monotypic


Leucopternis polionotus

Urubici, Santa Catarina state, Brazil; © Nick Athanas

The Mantled Hawk is a rather large black and white hawk of Atlantic forests of eastern South America. It typically is found in hilly or mountainous areas, ranging from Alagoas and Bahia states in northeastern Brazil south to eastern Paraguay and Uruguay. It forms a superspecies with the widespread White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis) and with the Gray-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis) of the Tumbesian region. The only similar sympatric species is the White-necked Hawk (Leucopternis lacernulatus), which is smaller and has a terminal black tail band and pale irides. The Mantled Hawk feeds on reptiles and amphibians, birds, and small mammals. The nest and breeding behavior of this species are undescribed.


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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Mantled Hawk (Pseudastur polionotus), 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:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Sociality:
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened