Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)

Common Black-Hawk

Common Black-Hawk

The Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) is a medium-sized bird of prey occurring in Central America (ranging from the southwestern states of the US in the north to Venezuela and Peru in the south). In most parts of its range, the hawks favor coastal habitats, e.g., mangroves, swamps, estuaries, and adjacent open woodlands. Their diet consists mainly of crabs, but also includes small vertebrates and eggs. The sexes look alike and can be distinguished from the very similar Great Black-Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) by the presence of yellow lores. I have photographed these majestic birds along the Caribbean coast around the city Colón in central Panama (March 2014).

Common Black-Hawk

Common Black-Hawk

Common Black-Hawk

Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

juvenile Common Black-Hawk

 

7 responses to “Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)

    • wow – difficult! I did not notice that. If you say so, I can see it for the juvenile… in any case, in the books and websites I have read, they never mention that it has particularly large legs… however, the authors mention that the birds often can be seen searching for prey on foot at the coast… maybe there it is useful to have long legs etc? sorry, if I cannot answer your question!!

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