Black-chested Buzzard-eagle
Geranoaetus melanoleucus

Brazilian name: Águia-chilena
Colombian name: Águila Paramuna

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Nevado de Ruiz, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Brazil and Colombia

The Black-chested Buzzard-eagle is readily identified in flight by its short wedge-shaped tail scarcely protruding from its long, broad wings.

It is usually possible to make out the generally white underparts with the dark chest-band and tail but you are less likely to see its grey upperparts.

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image It is found in mountainous or hilly terrain where it spends a lot of time soaring while looking for prey. This consists of mammals such as rabbits, some birds, snakes and carrion.

Photos 2 and 3 are of the larger nominate subspecies which is found in south and east Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina. The smaller subspecies, Geranoaetus melanoleucus australis, is found along the length of the Andes from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego and is seen in photo 1 taken on the Nevado de Ruiz, Colombia.

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image The generic name, Geranoaetus, is derived from the Greek for a crane, "geranos" and for an eagle "aetos". The crane reference is because of its grey upperparts and its loud cries.

Previous Page Back to Index Next Page

If you do not see a menu on the left, you may have arrived at this page from another site. Please click Home to get to my main page.

Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites