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Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis

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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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. (). Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/ruthaw1