Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis
(aka Heterospizias meridionalis)

Brazilian name: avião-caboclo
Savanna Hawk, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for a larger image Brazil

This is a large and relatively common species in open country or savanna and is found in this type of habitat throughout South America.

Like the Black-collared Hawk, it has very long, broad wings and a short tail. It is mostly a dull cinnamon rufous in colour with narrow bars on the underside which are difficult to see at a distance.

Savanna Hawk (Imm), Pantanal, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for a larger image It has long yellow legs, a reddish yellow to pale brown iris and a yellow cere.

The immature Savanna Hawk seen in photos 2 and 3 shows a pale buffy supercilium.

It is often seen at the edge of fires where it finds escaping prey.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.
Savanna Hawk (Imm), Pantanal, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for a larger image
Savanna Hawk, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for a larger image
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