Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor)

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

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

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Criadero El Huayco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~41.5 cm (16.3 in). The adult Bicolored Hawk is dark gray above and lighter gray below with distinctive rufous thighs. Juveniles can have whitish underparts with pale neck or buff underparts with a buffy neck. Adult birds are somewhat similar to a Gray-bellied Hawk but are distinguished by smaller size, rufous thighs, and darker gray underparts. Also look at the smaller and more slender Sharp-shinned Hawk. It forages generally in forest interiors.

Status: The Bicolored Hawk is generally rare in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 900 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in the semi-descidusous forest of the northwest lowlands, parts of the Marañon Valley, and the lower humid forest of Cajamarca generally range up to 1800 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Gavilán Bicolor.

Sub-species: Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor bicolor), Vieillot 1817.

Meaning of Name: Accipiter: L. falcon, hawk. bicolor: L. bi= two, two; and color, color= color, color.

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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.