Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Ignacio Quintero and Andrés Jácome

Diet and Foraging


The Black Hawk-Eagle preys on birds and mammals up to the size of a large toucan or small cracid (Hilty 2003). Within mammals, it preys upon arboreal mammals (e.g., squirrels, small monkeys and bats) and nocturnal marsupials (Bierregaard 1994). S. tyrannus also preys on reptiles such as iguanas and snakes. Percentage of diet can change through different places, for example, whereas in Mexico, 82% of prey where birds and the rest being small-medium mammals, in Belize and Guatemala, mammals where the main diet (in Guatemala 96% of prey were mammals of which 31% were bats) (Bierregaard 1994).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Quintero, I. and A. Jácome (2011). Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.