|Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)
|Cayo Coco, Cuba
The Common Black Hawk is distributed from southern USA through Central America and into northern South America as well as Cuba and some other Caribbean islands. In Cuba it is found round the coast in mangroves and swamps.
|It has a yellow-orange cere and legs and a short tail with a broad white band in the middle and a narrow white tip. The sub-species endemic to Cuba is B. a. gundlachii which is a browner black than the nominate and also shows a large white patch at the base of the primaries which can be seen in the 2nd photo. It is possible that the Cuban population represents a distinct species.
In Cuba it feeds mainly on crabs.