Black-collared Hawks are most commonly found from south Central America, through South America to the northern tip of Argentina except for the western coast. Generally found in desnse, humid, vegetated areas with an abundance of water such as forests, swamps, mangroves, and ricefields. Not regularly seen above 1500 m, the Black-collared hawk can be most easily found between elevations of 500 m to 1500 m; occasionally found lower, but very rarely found higher.
Distribution outside the Americas
The Black-collared only resides within the Americas and there has been no known reports elsewhere.
The Black-collared Hawk can be readily found in an dense, wooded, humid, vegetated area with an immense amount of water, such as forests, swamps, mangroves, and ricefields. Preferred water sources are rivers, ponds, and lakes with floating vegetation and easily accessable perches.