Mangrove black hawk

Mangrove black hawk
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Accipitriformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Buteogallus
Species:
Subspecies:
B. a. subtilis
Trinomial name
Buteogallus anthracinus subtilis
(Thayer & Bangs, 1905)

The mangrove black hawk, Buteogallus anthracinus subtilis, is a neotropical bird of prey in the family Accipitridae native to South and Central America. Briefly treated as a distinct species, Buteogallus subtilis,[1] recent evidence strongly suggests it should be considered a subspecies of the common black hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus). [2]

Range and habitat

The mangrove black hawk is a resident breeding bird from eastern Panama, through western Colombia and Ecuador, to far north-western Peru. Previously, it was incorrectly believed to occur as far north as Mexico, but all individuals from western Panama and northwards are nominate common black hawk. [2]

This is a mainly coastal bird of Pacific mangrove swamps, estuaries and adjacent dry open woodland, which builds a large stick nest in a mangrove tree, and usually lays one dark-blotched whitish egg.