Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus)

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

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

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

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

Age: Adults & Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Various

Identification & Behavior: ~42 cm (16.5 in). The adult Gray Hawk is all gray with fine dusky barring. The tail is black with white bands. The juvenile has white underparts with broad black streaks, finely streaked top of head and back of the neck, and dusky brown back. The tail in the juvenile has dusky and gray bands. It is similar to the Roadside Hawk but is distinguished by being uniformly gray and lacking the rufous primarily feathers. Also, see Broad-winged Hawk.

Status: The Gray Hawk if is uncommon to rare in the Amazonian lowlands. It is also rare in the semi-deciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Gavilan Gris.

Sub-species: Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus), Latham 1790.

Meaning of Name: Buteo: Gr. vulture, buzzard. nitidus: L. nitidus= bright, shiny.

See more of the Family Accipitridae   peru aves

Distribution Map
gray hawkVoice


    • 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.