HAWKS, KITES, AND EAGLES   -   ACCIPITRIDAE   -   PART I

Elanus kites to Leucopternis hawks

White-tailed Kite - Elanus leucurus
White-tailed Kite
Elanus leucurus leucurus
20 km south of Calabozo, Guárico state, Venezuela.
(D3)


White-tailed Kite - Elanus leucurus
White-tailed Kite
Elanus leucurus majusculus
Almirante, Bocas del Toro province, Panama.
(S8)


Pearl Kite - Gampsonyx swainsonii
Pearl Kite
Gampsonyx swainsonii magnus
La Segua marsh, Manabí province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Hook-billed Kite - Chondrohierax uncinatus
Hook-billed Kite
Chondrohierax uncinatus uncinatus
Tandayapa Pass, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. A scarce species in Ecuador; this has always been one of the most reliable sites for it. (D3)


Hook-billed Kite - Chondrohierax uncinatus
Hook-billed Kite
Chondrohierax uncinatus uncinatus
Sani Isla, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Dark morph. (S8)


Gray-headed Kite - Leptodon cayanensis
Gray-headed Kite
Leptodon cayanensis monachus
Cristaino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(S8)


Swallow-tailed Kite - Elanoides forficatus
Swallow-tailed Kite
Elanoides forficatus yetapa
San Francisco, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Harpy Eagle - Harpia harpyja
Harpy Eagle
Harpia harpyja
Pousada Currupira d'Araras, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Adult. Presumably one of the parents of the bird in the next photo, since it was only a short distance away. (S7)


Harpy Eagle - Harpia harpyja
Harpy Eagle
Harpia harpyja
Pousada Currupira d'Araras, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Juvenile. (S7)


Black Hawk-Eagle - Spizaetus tyrannus
Black Hawk-Eagle
Spizaetus tyrannus serus
El Valle, Chocó department, Colombia.
A widespread species in the Neotropics, but I have only very rarely seen one perched so close. It's a truly beautiful bird when you can see it like this. (S8)


Black-and-chestnut Eagle - Spizaetus isidori
Black-and-chestnut Eagle
Spizaetus isidori
Cajanuma, Podocarpus NP, Loja province, Ecuador.
Juvenile; it seemed to be chasing a car that was driving up the road into the park.  Juveniles are remarkably similar to Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis). In a rather odd coincidence, I have photographed this species only three times. Each time has been in almost exactly the same spot (within a few hundred meters), in 2002, 2008, and 2012. Each time was a juvenile, so clearly not the same bird; obviously there is a very successful pair living around here. (S7)


Black-collared Hawk - Busarellus nigricollis
Black-collared Hawk
Busarellus nigricollis nigricollis
Pixaim river, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Hunting for fish over the river. (S6)


Black-collared Hawk - Busarellus nigricollis
Black-collared Hawk
Busarellus nigricollis nigricollis
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(D3)


Snail Kite - Rostrhamus sociabilis
Snail Kite
Rostrhamus sociabilis sociabilis
Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. (S8)


Snail Kite - Rostrhamus sociabilis
Snail Kite
Rostrhamus sociabilis sociabilis
El Relicario, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Slender-billed Kite - Helicolestes hamatus
Slender-billed Kite
Helicolestes hamatus
Finca Vuelta Larga, Guaraunos, Sucre state, Venezuela.
(D3)


Double-toothed Kite - Harpagus bidentatus
Double-toothed Kite
Harpagus bidentatus
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Double-toothed Kite - Harpagus bidentatus
Double-toothed Kite
Harpagus bidentatus
Trail between El Valle and Utría National Park, Chocó department, Colombia.
Juvenile. (S8)


Rufous-thighed Kite - Harpagus diodon
Rufous-thighed Kite
Harpagus diodon
Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Widespread in eastern South America. The rufous thighs are usually hidden. (D3)


Plumbeous Kite - Ictinia plumbea
Plumbeous Kite
Ictinia plumbea
Serra da Canastra NP, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Adult. (D3)


Plumbeous Kite - Ictinia plumbea
Plumbeous Kite
Ictinia plumbea
Trail between El Valle and Utría National Park, Chocó department, Colombia.
Juvenile. (S8)


Tiny Hawk - Accipiter superciliosus
Tiny Hawk
Accipiter superciliosus fontanieri
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(D1)


Plain-breasted Hawk - Accipiter striatus
Sharp-shinned (Plain-breasted) Hawk
Accipiter striatus ventralis
Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(D3)


Bicolored Hawk - Accipiter bicolor
Bicolored Hawk
Accipiter bicolor bicolor
El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
A widespread but very scarce hawk inhabiting forested areas from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. (D6)


Crane Hawk - Geranospiza caerulescens
Crane Hawk
Geranospiza caerulescens flexipes
Santa Tereza (Pantanal Wildlife Center), Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
This widespread species is quite variable over its range. This banded race is found in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. (S6)


Plumbeous Hawk - Cryptoleucopteryx plumbea
Plumbeous Hawk
Cryptoleucopteryx plumbea
Río Silanche Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
An uncommon forest raptor mainly found in the Chocó region of W Colombia and W Ecuador. It also occurs in Panama, and there are unconfirmed reports from NW Peru. (S8)



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