Barred Hawk (Morphnarchus princeps)

Order: Accipitriformes | Family: Accipitridae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Identification & Behavior: ~54 cm (21.2 in). The Barred Hawk is slaty gray with a dusky barred white belly. The ceres, loral area, and legs area yellow/orange. It has a single white band in the tail. The plumage is similar to that of an adult Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, but the Barred Hawk inhabits humid montane forest on the east slope of extreme northeast Peru and these two hawks are unlikely to occur together.

Status: The Barred Hawk is rare on the east slope of the northern Andes in Amazonas and San Martin. It is known to occur at elevations ranging between of 1150-1800 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Gavilán Barrado.

Sub-species: Barred Hawk (Morphnarchus princeps), P. L. Sclater 1865.

Meaning of Name: Morphnarchus: Gr Morphnos= a kind of eagle of vulture and archus, arkhos= chief, prince. princeps= L. chief, leader, most distinguished.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.