Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)


Plumbeous Hawk (Cryptoleucopteryx plumbea)


French: Buse plombée German: Bleibussard Spanish: Busardo plomizo

Leucopternis plumbea


, 1872,



This species and Buteogallus schistaceus previously placed in Leucopternis, and thought to be closely related or even conspecific, but genetic data indicate that they are not even congeneric#R#R. Monotypic.


E Panama through W Colombia and NW Ecuador to extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).

Descriptive notes

33–37 cm; no data on body mass; wingspan 71–79 cm. Adult is leaden grey overall; wings black, single conspicuous white median band through black tail; underwing-... read more


Most common vocalization is a loud, overslurred drawn-out whistle "wheeeeeuuu", with a melancholous... read more


Tropical rainforest, largely in closed-canopy interior of lowland and foothill forests; has also... read more

Food and feeding

Little known; frogs, crabs, fish and water snakes have been reported. Hunts along banks of rivers and lakes; probably captures prey mainly... read more


No information available.


No information available; presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Range presently restricted to area less than 2000 km long and 20–100 km wide. Rare in E Panama (apparently extinct in much of W Panama, except for... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Christie, D.A., Boesman, P., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Plumbeous Hawk (Cryptoleucopteryx plumbea). 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).