White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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The White-tailed Hawk is a large Buteo that is resident throughout much of the neotropics, from Texas in the United States and northern Mexico south to northern Patagonia. The White-tailed Hawk shuns more forested habitats, preferring semi-arid open country where it forages by soaring flight or hovering. They hunt for a broad range of prey items including many small to medium-sized mammals, reptiles (including snakes), and even large earthworms. Though formerly unrecorded from the central and southern Andes, recent exploration of semi-arid and arid habitat patches in rainshadow valleys, especially in Peru, have turned up previously unknown populations.

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© Márcio Repenning

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whthaw