White-rumped Hawk

White-rumped Hawk

Summary:

Profile White-rumped Hawk
[Authority] Quoy and Gaimard, 1824 | [group] Kites, hawks and eagles | [order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo leucorrhous | [UK] White-rumped

[Authority] Quoy and Gaimard, 1824 | [group] Kites, hawks and eagles | [order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo leucorrhous | [UK] White-rumped Hawk | [FR] Buse cul-blanc | [DE] Weissburzel-Bussard | [ES] Busardo culiblanco | [NL] Witstuitbuizerd | copyright picture

As indicated by its common name, the most distinguishing characteristic of the White-rumped Hawk is its obvious white rump and under tail coverts, which contrast strongly with its all black chest, head, wings and back. When seen from below, the white-checkered underwing coverts and fairly long banded tail are conspicuous.

Mostly middle elevations and lower montane areas. Humid forest and forest edges, especially near clearings and broken forest on hillsides. Soars frequently over forest, singly or in pairs, especially in the morning, and may perch on exposed branches in canopy or lower

There are very few observations of active foraging and so there is very little information on its diet, though it is known to take reptiles, frogs, insects and rats.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern. [conservation status from birdlife.org]


Little information. A Colombian nest active in February-March was found, clutch size is 2-3 eggs.

Irruptive or local migrant

Specification

  1. Measurements
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  4. size min.: 33 cm
  5. size max.: 38 cm
  6. Breeding
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  11. broods 1
  12. eggs min.: 2
  13. eggs max.: 3
  14. Conservation Status
  15. White-rumped Hawk status Least Concern
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