Black-faced Hawk (Leucopternis melanops)

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

black-faced-hawk
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

black-faced-hawk
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

black-faced-hawk
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

black-faced-hawk
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador


Identification & Behavior: ~37.5 cm (14.7 in). The Black-faced Hawk is white with a dark gray back. It has a broad black stripe from the base of the bill that tapers off behind the eye. The cere and base of the bill is bright orange. The tail is black with a single median broad white band and very narrow white terminal band. It is similar to the White Hawk but is distinguished by the bright orange cere and base of the bill, and black tail with a median white band. Also, see White-browed Hawk.

Status: The Black-faced Hawk is common to rare on the north side of the Amazon and Marañon rivers. It is also known to be local in Madre de Dios and Ucayali. It is unknown whether this hawk occurs in more areas south of the Amazon River. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Gavilán de Cara Negra.

Sub-species: Black-faced Hawk (Leucopternis melanops), Latham 1790.

Meaning of Name: Leucopternis: Gr. Leukos= white and pternis= hawk, falcon. melanops: Gr. melas= black and ops= face, man.

See more of the Family Accipitridae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.