Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

solitary-eagle
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

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Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. El Caucho|Manu Road


Identification & Behavior: ~70.5 cm (28 in). The adult Solitary Eagle is uniformly dark gray with some paler gray barring on the flight feathers. The ceres and legs are yellow. The juvenile is blackish with broad buff superciliary and buff on the breast and sides of the belly. The adult is similar to the Great Black Hawk, but is distinguished by being bulkier, having shorter legs, and by not having a white rump and white uppertail coverts. When perched, the wings reach the tip of the tail in the Solitary Eagle but wings are shorter than the tail in a perched Great-Black Hawk.

Status: The Solitary Eagle is rare on the east slope of the Andes where it ranges at elevations between 700-2100 m. It is also rare in the humid and deciduous forests of northwest Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Aguila Solitaria.

Sub-species: Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius solitarius), Tschudi 1844.

Meaning of Name: Buteogallus: Gr. Buteo= vulture, buzzard; and gallus= rooster. solitarius: L. alone, loner.

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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.