Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Near Threatened

Mantled Hawk (Pseudastur polionotus)


French: Buse mantelée German: Mantelbussard Spanish: Busardo blanquinegro

Buteo polionotus


, 1847,

South America = São Paulo, Brazil


Traditionally considered to form a species-group with P. albicollis and P. occidentalis, and all three have been considered conspecific (see P. occidentalis). Monotypic.


E Brazil (from Alagoas and Bahia) S to N Rio Grande do Sul and SE Paraguay (Alto Paraná), where now very rare.

Descriptive notes

47–51 cm; wingspan 118–129 cm. Head, neck, upper back and entire underparts white, rest of upperparts and base of tail bluish-slate; terminal half of tail white;... read more


Most often heard call is a piercing overslurred whistle 'weeeuw' given at... read more


Forests, including those of Paraná pine (Araucaria angustifolia) in tropical zone... read more

Food and feeding

Some birds, small snakes and geckos, as well as other lizards, large insects such as cockroaches, and rock cavy (Kerodon rupestris... read more


No detailed information available; nest with one chick found in mid-Jul in Paraná.


Presumably sedentary, but records from coastal lowlands sometimes speculated as representing... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Total population believed to be small, and thought to be in moderately rapid decline owing to habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Kirwan, G.M., Christie, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2020). Mantled Hawk (Pseudastur polionotus). 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).