Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)

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

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

Age: Adult and Subadult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Churute, Ecuador

Age: Adult|Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pto Pizarro, Tumbes

Age: Various | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Various

Identification & Behavior: ~47 cm (18.5 in). The adult Common Black Hawk is blackish with brownish secondary flight feathers noticeable when a bird is perched. The Juvenile is dusky brown with broad pale eyebrow and malar area. In-flight it shows a single middle white band. It is similar to the Great Black-Hawk, but is distinguished by being browner and smaller and being restricted to the mangrove forest. It is unlikely to overlaps with the Great Black-Hawk in Northern Peru because they segregate themselves to separate habitats. Also, see a juvenile Savanna Hawk.

Status: The Common Black Hawk is uncommon in extreme northwest Peru, where it is restricted mangrove forest and near surroundings. It appears not to venture to habitat away from mangroves. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Gavilán Cangrejero.

Sub-species: Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus subtilis), Thayer and Bangs 1905.

Meaning of Name: Buteogallus: Gr. Buteo= vulture, buzzard; and gallus= Chanticleer. anthracinus: L. coal color, deep blue.

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Distribution Map


    • 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.