French: Buse blanche German: Schneebussard Spanish: Busardo blanco
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. ghiesbreghti
(Du Bus de Gisignies, 1845) – Mexican White Hawk – S Mexico (Oaxaca and Veracruz) to Guatemala, Belize, NW Honduras and W El Salvador.
P. a. costaricensis
(W. L. Sclater, 1919) – Costa Rican White Hawk – N Honduras to Panama and W Colombia (Chocó, Valle).
P. a. williaminae
(Meyer de Schauensee, 1950) – Colombian White Hawk – N Colombia (upper Sinú and lower Magdalena Valleys S to Valle) and extreme NW Venezuela (Perijá).
P. a. albicollis
(Latham, 1790) – Amazonian White Hawk – N Venezuela (Coastal Range), Trinidad, S & E Venezuela and the Guianas through Amazonia to E Colombia, E Peru, E Ecuador, N & E Bolivia (La Paz, Santa Cruz) and Brazil (E to Mato Grosso and N Maranhão).
47–51 cm; male 592–670 g, female 695–855 g; wingspan 98–117 cm. Remarkable variation in plumage between subspecies: ranges from almost entirely... read more
Commonest vocalization is a loud harsh, buzzy scream “sheeeer”, and all recorded calls... read more
Mature, tropical and occasionally subtropical rainforest, up to 1400 m in Colombia, Panama and... read more
Food and feeding
Reptiles (many snakes but also lizards), amphisbaenids, caecilians, amphibians, small mammals (mice, rats and small opossums), large... read more
In Petén, Guatemala, courtship begins in Feb and nestbuilding from early Feb to late Mar, with eggs laid in mid to late Mar (middle... read more
Sedentary. Breeding adult males used home ranges of 264 ha (mean) in Guatemala, but up to 450 ha in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. In no apparent danger: one of the commonest and most conspicuous forest raptors, occurring over a vast range; has been... read more
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