Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus)


French: Autour à longue queue German: Langschwanzhabicht Spanish: Azor rabilargo

Astur macrourus


, 1855,

Dabocrom, Ghana


Populations E from Cameroon proposed as race batesi, but this considered invalid. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone and Liberia E to Central African Republic, DRCongo and, locally, S South Sudan and W Uganda (Semliki Forest)#R.

Descriptive notes

56–70 cm; male 492 g; wingspan 81–94 cm. Long, graduated tail with large white spots (forming four white bars) and white U-shaped rump; somewhat cuckoo-like... read more


Both sexes give a soft "klee-klee-klee-klee-klee-klee". A long, fairly high-pitched... read more


Lowland tropical evergreen forest; rarely in open and far more regularly heard and than seen, but... read more

Food and feeding

Known to take squirrels, bats and rodents; stout legs and feet suggest preference for mammalian prey, but also takes some birds. Long tail... read more


Nesting habits undescribed until very recently. Adult seen feeding newly fledged juvenile in Sept, in Sierra Leone; probably Jul–Aug... read more


Resident and sedentary; however, a recent record in Benin was suspected of being "no more than... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Secretive but widely recorded from primary forest; restricted to large tracts of dense forest, although readily occurs at... read more

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Long-tailed Hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus). 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 on 24 February 2020).