Great Black Hawk
Buteogallus urubitinga


  • Scientific name:

    Buteogallus urubitinga

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  • Common names:

    Great black hawk


  • Morphology:

    The Great Black Hawk averages 53 cm in length and has a wingspan of 127 cm. The females being larger than the males. The head, body, and wing coverts are coal black. The under wing is black with the exception of a small white mark at the base of the outer two or three primaries. The black tail has one wide white band and a thin white terminal band. The cere, legs and facial skin are a bright orangish yellow.

  • Reproduction:

    They lay 1 to 3 eggs but only have one offspring per breeding season, which runs from late February to late May.

  • Diet:

    The diet is rich in small vertebrates such as mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, both terrestrial and mangrove areas. Frequently, heron chicks and other waterfowl are included in the diet.


  • Range:

    They are found from northern Mexico to northern Argentina, passing through Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.

  • Habitat:

    Forested areas. Adapted to altered habitats, mainly savannas with wetlands or forest mosaics and savannas with bodies of water.


  • IUCN Red List: Least concern.