Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris
(aka Buteo magnirostris, Asturina magnirostris)

Brazilian name: gavião-carijó
Roadside Hawk, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Roadside Hawk is the most common hawk throughout most of its territory which stretches from Mexico to northern Argentina.

It is found in most habitats with the exception of the interior of dense forest.

Roadside Hawk, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image It is a fairly small hawk with a longish tail and shortish wings. Its breast and lower underparts are barred brown and white and its tail has 4 or 5 grey bars. It has yellow eyes and cere although there is some variation. In flight it shows rufous patches on the wings.
Roadside Hawk, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image

It has a varied diet including insects, reptiles and small mammals.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.

Roadside Hawk, Serra de Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image This very rufous bird in photo 4 is the sub-species B. m. nattereri.
Roadside Hawk, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Roadside Hawk, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Roadside Hawk, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
Roadside Hawk, Cerro Montezuma, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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