Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 12 subspecies
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It is common to see individuals perching on light poles, trees and antenas. Not a social species. They fly with short wing beats, rarely soaring (del Hoyo et al. 1994).


They are territorial while breeding when they do a lot of calls while flying arround nests (del Hoyo et al.1994, Panasci & Whitacre 2002, Navarro et al. 2007).

Sexual Behavior

While breeding it is common to observe Roadside Hawks soaring with flat wings and closed tail. They call frequently using nasal whistles as keh heh-heh-heh-heh-heh. They build a new nest each year (del Hoyo et al. 1994, Panasci & Whitacre 2002, Navarro et al 2007).

Social and interspecific behavior

This is not a social species. Pairs can be seen during breeding.


Nothing is known about possible predators, except for humans that predate nests.

Recommended Citation

Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: