This large, forest-dwelling hawk is a beautiful sight, whether perched or soaring—its striking white plumage is like no other raptor throughout the Neotropics.
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It is white overall including its back, with varying amounts of black in the wings. The Pseudastur albicollis is further distinguished by a black subterminal band on its fairly short tail, a gray cere and yellow feet. Males and females are similar, only varying in size—as in other raptors, females are larger than males.
They have very broad, rounded wings and a wingspan of over 1 meter. Immature birds are similar to adults but have dark spotting above and streaking below. The White Hawk is a widespread raptor of the Neotropical forests. It is generally solitary, and can be found in the middle and upper levels of tropical rainforests and along forest borders in the lowlands up to meters. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username.
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