Rufous-tailed Hawk

Rufous-tailed Hawk

Summary:

Profile Rufous-tailed Hawk
[Authority] Gould, 1837 | [group] Kites, hawks and eagles | [order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo ventralis | [UK] Rufous-tailed Hawk |

[Authority] Gould, 1837 | [group] Kites, hawks and eagles | [order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo ventralis | [UK] Rufous-tailed Hawk | [FR] Buse de Patagonie | [DE] Magellanbussard | [ES] Busardo Patagon | [NL] Patagonische Buizerd | copyright picture

The pale morph resembles the Red-tailed in having a rufous tail, brown upperparts, and pale underparts, but is more uniformly streaked below. The dark morph is black overall, with a grayish tail banded narrowly in black.

It occurs in a variety of habitats, mostly open, in southern and central Argentina and Chile. It inhabits the ecotone between Nothofagus forest and steppe grassland from sea level to at least 1,200 m

Its habitat has been negatively affected by logging and overgrazing since the introduction of sheep and cattle

Feeding behavior is poorly known, but it is known to take small mammals and birds, generally hunting from a perch.


This species is thought to have a small global population and is considered Near Threatened. If further infomation indicates that its total population fals below 1,000 mature individuals, it would qualify for uplisting to Vulnerable. [conservation status from birdlife.org]


The stick nest is placed high, over 33 meters, in a tree. It is lnied with feathers and wool. One nest contained three chicks.

Sedentary

Specification

  1. Measurements
  2. spanwidth min.: 125 cm
  3. spanwidth max.: 135 cm
  4. size min.: 54 cm
  5. size max.: 60 cm
  6. Breeding
  7. incubation min.: 0 days
  8. incubation max.: 0 days
  9. fledging min.: 0 days
  10. fledging max.: 0 days
  11. broods 0
  12. eggs min.: 0
  13. eggs max.: 0
  14. Conservation Status
  15. Rufous-tailed Hawk status Near Threatened
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