Common Black-Hawk

Buteogallus anthracinus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

COBH

Code 6

BUTANT

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Black-Hawk breeds in riparian zones of lowland and foothill streams and rivers, at the edge of forested wetlands, and in coastal habitats. It ranges from southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico south through much of eastern and western Mexico, Central America, and parts of Northern South America to western Ecuador. Birds in the northern part of their range winter in Mexico. This raptor forages for crabs, frogs, and other small animals at the edge of waterways. The Common Black-Hawk has an estimated global population of 2,000,000 mature individuals and has been given a conservation status of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Common Black-Hawk: Large hawk, nearly all black with white patch just behind bill. Bill, legs and feet are bright orange-yellow. The tail is black with single, thick white band across the middle and a thin, white tip. Alternates deep steady wing beats with short to long glides. Soars on thermals.

 

Range and Habitat

Common Black-Hawk: Breeds in limited areas of the southwest, from Arizona to Texas, throughout Mexico, Central America, and northern South America to Guyana. Resident in the southern portions of its range from Mexico south. Inhabits coastal lowlands of mixed savannah, dunes, ponds, lagoons and grasslands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"ka-a-a-ah, ka-a-a-ah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Common Black-Hawk is often seen soaring, with occasional lazy flaps, and has a talon-touching aerial courtship display.
  • They often perch for long periods on a branch over water, waiting for their prey to appear.
  • This species is vulnerable to disturbance near its nesting sites and seems to be declining in the United States.
  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a "boil", "knot", "spiraling", "stream", and "tower" of hawks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Common Black-Hawk

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

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Yury Lisyak

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RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X