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
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).