Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and. Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis), , JAYRSON ARAUJO DE OLIVEIRA, , , Brazil, Reserva do Setor Sítio de Recreio. Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept: American Ornithologists’ Union 6th edition (): Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis) [version 1].

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Savanna hawk – Wikipedia

Often placed in monotypic genus Heterospiziason basis mainly of longer legs and wings; recent molecular studies, however, indicate that placement within Buteogallus is appropriate R R R. Population of Paraguay, SE Brazil and Argentina has been awarded separate race, rufulusbut differs only in size which varies clinallyand generally not considered valid; Argentine meridionapis have alternatively been placed in equally dubious race australiswhich not only larger and with much greater size difference between sexes but also has darker back and more extensive rufous in plumage Rand possibly worthy of recognition.


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A juvenile

Falco meridionalis Latham, Cayenne. Descriptive notes 46—64 cm; — g; wingspan — cm.

Lanky hawk with small head, longish neck and legs, and rather long wings. Head, neck and underparts rufous to Habitat Tropical to subtropical zones, mainly up to m but exceptionally to m in Colombia, Food and feeding Opportunistic, taking wide range of small mammals, birds, crabs, frogs, toads, lizards, snakes, spiders and large insects. Movements Resident over most of range, with high degree of territory fidelity; meridionalia migratory in S, Status and conservation Not globally threatened Least Concern.

Has only recently since spread to SW Costa Rica as a result of ongoing deforestation; first nesting record in Bibliography Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Public comments No comments yet Only members are able to post public comments.


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Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive.