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Cuban Black Hawk Buteogallus gundlachii


The Cuban Black-Hawk is a large, dark raptor restricted to coastal regions of Cuba and the Isle of Pines. It is sometimes considered conspecific with the Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) of the mainland, but is smaller and browner, with a whitish malar stripe. Both are large, blackish hawks, with yellow ceres and legs and a bold white subterminal tail band. The plumage of the immatures is quite different, being brown above with buffy mottling, and pale below with brown streaks. The Cuban Black-Hawk is distinctive within its range. It occurs primarily in mangroves, where it feeds largely on crabs, hunting from a perch or on foot.

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Recommended Citation

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