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Black-and-white Hawk-eagle Picture
 
 

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SPECIES INFO

The Black-and-white Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus) is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is found throughout a large part of tropical America, from Mexico to northern Argentina.

It is often placed in the monotypic genus Spizastur, but has recently been moved to Spizaetus e.g. by the American Ornithologists' Union, as it appears that the Ornate Hawk-Eagle is its sister taxon.

As its name suggest, this is a black and white eagle with a small crest forming a black spot on white head. Head, neck and body are white. The wings are black, and the bird has a brownish tail barred black-dark grey and with white tip. The iris is orange, the feet bright yellow. The sexes are similar, but the female is larger.

Its natural habitats are humid lowland forests. The diet consists of mammals, toads, reptiles and several species of birds, mostly passerines. It stoops from high soar into the canopy.

Its nest in forest in the canopy about 40 meter up. The nest is made of sticks and provides a lookout view of forest and open country for the birds.





                                     



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