Grey Hawk (Buteo nitidus) - HBW 2, p. 176
French: Buse cendrée
Spanish: Busardo Gris
Other common names: Shining Buzzard-hawk; Grey-lined Hawk (nitidus); Mexican Goshawk (plagiatus)
Taxonomy: Falco nitidus Latham, 1790, Cayenne.
Sometimes placed in Asturina, partly due to distinctive moult pattern; appears to form clade with B. magnirostris, B. ridgwayi and B. lineatus, and this group may be more closely allied to Leucopternis than to Buteo. Race plagiatus sometimes awarded specific status, due to differences in size and plumage, but evidence remains rather weak. Four subspecies usually recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- plagiatus (Schlegel, 1862) - SW USA (Texas to New Mexico) to NW Costa Rica.
- costaricensis (Swann, 1922) - SW Costa Rica to N Colombia and W Ecuador.
- nitidus (Latham, 1790) - E Colombia and E Ecuador, E to Venezuela and the Guianas, and S through Amazonian Brazil to N Maranhão.
- pallidus (Todd, 1915) - SC Brazil (Piauí to Rio de Janeiro and Mato Grosso) and E Bolivia, S to Paraguay and NC Argentina (Tucumán and Chaco).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 24 videos
Dorsal and frontal views of a juvenile perched looking around, and then flying away Locality Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County, California, USA (United States) (ssp plagiatus)
Don DesJardin 4 December 2012 23 weeks ago 50 sec 4.7
A juvenile resting on a branch Locality Nayarit State, Mexico (Northern) (ssp plagiatus)
Eldert Groenewoud 23 October 2006 5 years ago 26 sec 4.6
bird sitting 15 meters high on tree - 300 meters from the Orinoco River and Orinoquia Lodge Locality Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas State, Venezuela
Thore Noernberg 20 July 2012 41 weeks ago 24 sec 4.4
An adult bird on a branch, calling Locality Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp plagiatus)
Don DesJardin 30 April 2004 5 years ago 15 sec 4.3
bird perching 15 meters high on a tree - 300 meters away from the Orinoco River and Orinoquia Lodge Locality Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas State, Venezuela
Thore Noernberg 20 July 2012 41 weeks ago 14 sec 4
An adult stretching wings, spreading its tail and preening Locality Arenal region, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica (ssp plagiatus)
Max Roth 31 January 2004 7 years ago 18 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 18 photos
Locality Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro Province, Ecuador (ssp costaricensis)
Dusan Brinkhuizen 13 August 2011 1 year ago 3.9
A bird perched on a branh
Locality Minca, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena Department, Colombia
Manakin Nature Tours 16 February 2009 41 weeks ago 3.5
On the road to Las Cuevas..
Locality Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
SIRROYALTY 2 years ago 3.4
Locality Santiago de Puriscal, San José Province, Costa Rica
Róger Rodríguez 10 February 2013 11 weeks ago 3.3
Locality Bartola River, Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua
Orlando Jarquín G. 17 November 2011 1 year ago 3.3
Rear view of a bird perched on a branch.
Locality Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp pallidus)
Carmelo López 17 November 2011 1 year ago 3.1
A bird calling.
Locality Saltinho Biological Reserve, Tamandaré, Pernambuco State, Brazil
Josep del Hoyo 15 October 2008 3 years ago 4
song. Locality Serra de Baturité, Ceará State, Brazil
Ciro Albano 30 October 2006 4 years ago 3
Single call from a perched bird. Locality Floresta Nacional de Carajás, Pará State, Brazil
David Beadle 3 February 2002 11 weeks ago 0