Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

45.5 - 53 cm. Eyes dark, cere yellow, bill yellow with black tip. Body and head black. Wings are broad and rounded. In flight there is a small white spot at the base of the external flight feathers. Tail is short and square. Tail feathers are black with t

Similar Species

Common Black Hawk is similar to Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga), but Common is slightly smaller, with a shorter tail and shorter tarsi, and with only a single white band across the tail (Great Black Hawk has two white tail bands).

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: