Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Endangered

Gundlach's Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi)


Taxonomy

French: Épervier de Cuba German: Gundlachsperber Spanish: Gavilán cubano
Taxonomy:

Accipiter Gundlachi

Lawrence

, 1861,

Hanábana, Cuba

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Very closely related to A. cooperii (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. g. gundlachi Lawrence, 1861 – W & C Cuba.
  • A. g. wileyi Wotzkow, 1991 – E Cuba.
  • Descriptive notes

    40–46 cm; female 675 g; wingspan 74–84 cm. Simlar to but intermediate in plumage between A. cooperii and A. bicolor, differing... read more

    Voice

    Commonest call a loud “kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek....” similar to that of A. cooperii... read more

    Habitat

    Not specialized: populations of W & C Cuba nest in low submontane (under 800 m) evergreen... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information available, but thought to feed nearly exclusively on birds. Recorded prey items include parrots, pigeons and doves,... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly known, but data accumulating; several nests reported at or around swamp of Ciénaga de Zapata, in W Cuba, including one on 12... read more

    Movements

    Considered sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. CITES II. Has small range in which very small and extremely fragmented population has, until recently, continued to decline. Since middle of first decade of 21st... read more

    Recommended citation

    Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Christie, D.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Gundlach's Hawk (Accipiter gundlachi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53084 on 23 March 2019).