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Barred Hawk Morphnarchus princeps


The Barred Hawk is one of the most distinctive members of the Neotropical genus Leucopternis. This species is entirely black above with a black chest, and fine black and white barring on the underparts and underwing coverts. It is resident in montane forests and foothills up to the subtropical zone from Costa Rica south to northern Peru. Its diet is very poorly known; there is one report of the Barred Hawk feeding on reptiles, although it is likely that its diet is more varied. It is most often seen in soaring flight over montane forests, when it is best identified by its large size and contrast between the dark chest and the paler underparts.

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Recommended Citation

Barred Hawk (Morphnarchus princeps), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: