|Black-faced Hawk Leucopternis melanops|
|São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas,
The Black-faced Hawk is distributed in Brazil north of the Amazon and into the Guianas and in south and east Venezuela. There are disjunct records in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. It is usually found in várzea or swampy forest and along wooded river banks.
It does not soar but mainly hunts inside the forest perching for a short time while searching for prey which seems to consist largely of reptiles. It occasionally perches on a bare branch on sunny mornings so I was fortunate to find this bird in such circumstances.
In many ways it is a small version of White Hawk L. albicollis but is distinguished by its orange cere and feet and by the white band in the middle of the tail.
|This bird has less black
streaking on the crown and hindneck than I would have expected
from illustrations which might indicate that it is a young bird
although Hilty in "Birds
of Venezuela" says "streaks inconspic., occass.
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