Great Black-Hawk

Buteogallus urubitinga

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The Great Black-Hawk is a large black raptor widespread in the Neotropics. It has a yellow cere, yellow legs, and a white tail that is crossed with one (subspecies urubitinga of South America) or two (subspecies ridgwayi of Mexico and Central America) black bands. The similar and partly sympatric Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) is smaller and has a largely black tail with one broad white band. The Great Black-Hawk occurs in a variety of habitats, but usually is found in the vicinity of water. With regard to diet, it is a generalist, feeding primarily on rodents, bats, birds, fish, crabs, reptiles, and amphibians, and there also are reports of these hawks eating fruit and eggs. The Great Black-Hawk often feeds on the ground, in vegetation, or even in shallow water, pursuing prey on foot or with short flights. The stick nest is placed in a tree or on a man-made structure.

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