Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia. Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Sub-adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Colombia

Age: Adult and Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia

Identification & Behavior: ~63 cm (25 in). The adult Black Hawk-Eagle is mostly black with white-barred thighs and legs, long banded tail, and a short crest. The iris is pale yellow.  The juvenile is dusky brown finely barred and speckled. The throat in the juvenile is pale. It forages in the interior forest, but it frequently soars. See the similar Slate-colored Hawk, Slender-billed Kite, and the much larger Great Black Hawk.

Status: The Black Hawk-Eagle is widespread and uncommon in Amazonia. It is known to range up to 1800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Aguila Negra.

Sub-species: Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus serus), Friedmann, 1950.

Meaning of Name: Spizaetus: Gr. spizas= falcon and aetos= eagle. tyrannus: L. tyrannus, turannus= tyrant without mercy.

Related: Bird Plumage: Pattern & Functions

See more of the Family Accipitridae   peru aves

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 01/01/2015.