Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Very vocal when soaring, with a rhythmic, far-carrying whistle, described variously as whit, whit whit wheeéeeeer or whet, whet, witwheéeear (Hilty and Brown 1986); wheep, wheep, wheeteeeeeer (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001); wheep-wheep-wheep-waHEEE-er (Hilty 2003); and as juit, juit, juitiiiiiia (Ridgely and Gwynne 1993). Sometimes only the long note is given, without the shorter introductory notes.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.