Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus)

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

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

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

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia Brazil & Colombia

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

Identification & Behavior: ~59 cm (23.2 in). The adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle is dusky above and white with black barring below.  The head and sides of the neck are rufous with a pale throat. The forehead and crest are black. The legs are feathered. The juvenile is mostly white with dusky back and black barring only on the sides of the belly. The adult plumage is strikingly similar to that of a juvenile Gray-bellied Hawk. The juvenile may resemble an adult Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle.

Status: The Ornate Hawk-Eagle is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It is rare in the deciduous forest of northwest Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Aguila Penachuda.

Sub-species: Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus vicarius), Friedmann, 1935.

Meaning of Name: Spizaetus: Gr. spizas= falcon and aetos= eagle. ornatus: L. ornatum, ornatus= with trim, adorned, ornate.

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