Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)

Least Concern

White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula)


French: Buse à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlbussard Spanish: Busardo gorjiblanco

Buteo albigula

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede]

, 1899,

Valdivia, Chile


A member of the B. brachyurus clade (which see); wider molecular study suggested sister relationship between present species and B. swainsoni#R. Previously thought to be higher-altitude representative of B. brachyurus (see that species). Monotypic.


Andes from Colombia (exceptionally Mérida, in NW Venezuela) S to Bolivia, thereafter in C Chile (Atacama to Aysén#R) and W Argentina (S to Santa Cruz#R), but known to breed for certain only in the two last-named countries#R.

Descriptive notes

38–48 cm, wingspan 84–102 cm. Smallish Buteo. Markings on sides of breast and thighs separate present species from B. brachyurus; tail... read more


Considered to be often silent, but utters squealing “kee-ah” during breeding season or... read more


Generally from 1700 m to 3500 m in N half of range, but regularly at 1000–2000 m in Andean... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data available. Known to take insects, beetles, rodents and birds, with the following prey remains found at a nest of the species... read more


Apparently breeds only in S of range. Until recently season unknown, but seen defending territory in Chile in Feb and nest in Argentine... read more


Certainly migratory from southernmost parts of range, moving lower and more specifically N in non-... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Very poorly known. Generally rare and local throughout range, e.g. in Colombia, with just one record from late 1920s in NW... read more

Recommended citation

Bierregaard, R.O., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula). 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 6 December 2019).