An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Eagles, Hawks and Kites  

Eagles, hawks and kites are one order of birds, and falcons are another order. Although they have similar behaviour, they are not closely related in an evolutionary sense. Species in this order all eat meat, but their diet varies. Options include monkeys, rabbits, rats, insects, fish, lizards, snails, and crabs.


Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
A female Northern Harrier captured an American Kestrel (a falcon).

Roadside Hawk
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)
Medellin, Colombia
The most common hawk in tropical America.

Hook-billed Kite
Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
An uncommonly photographed kite (small hawk) found from Mexico to Amazonia and occasionally in Texas.

Western Osprey
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
The Osprey or Fishing Eagle in spanish is found throughout the Americas. Some individuals migrate quite far, but others hardly at all.

Slate-colored Hawk
Slate-colored Hawk (Buteogallus schistaceus)
Puerto NariƱo, Amazonas, Colombia


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