Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

White-browed Hawk (Leucopternis kuhli)


French: Buse à sourcils blancs German: Weißbrauenbussard Spanish: Busardo cejiblanco

Leucopternis Kuhli


, 1850,

no locality = Pará, Brazil


Sister to L. melanops (which see). Monotypic.


E Peru (C Loreto S to Madre de Dios), N & NE Bolivia#R#R and Amazonian Brazil S of R Amazon to E Pará.

Descriptive notes

37–40 cm; wingspan 65–76 cm. Dark head with narrow white eyestripe. Black above with some white streaks or splotches on nape and mantle, and single narrow white... read more


Call is a high-pitched rather thin downslurred whistle 'keeeeuw' given at intervals.


Tropical rain forest in lowlands to 500 m.

Food and feeding

Very little known: a snake and a lizard reported. Speculated to probably also take frogs and large insects. Hunts near the forest floor. read more


Just one nest described, from W Brazil in Dec, when probably with eggs. Inconspicuous structure of sticks, twigs and some dead leaves, and... read more


No evidence of any movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Very poorly known, but so much forest in its extensive range remains intact that species can not be considered of immediate... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr, Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). White-browed Hawk (Leucopternis kuhli). 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).