Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis) - HBW 2, p. 169

French: Buse blanche German: Schneebussard Spanish: Busardo Blanco

Taxonomy: Falco albicollis Latham, 1790, Cayenne.
Forms superspecies with L. occidentalis and L. polionota, both of which have been considered races of present species. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ghiesbreghti (Du Bus de Gisignies, 1845) - S Mexico (Oaxaca and Veracruz) to Guatemala and Belize.
  • costaricensis W. L. Sclater, 1919 - Honduras to Panama and W Colombia.
  • williaminae Meyer de Schauensee, 1950 - NW Colombia (upper Sinú and lower Magdalena Valleys S to Valle) and extreme NW Venezuela (Perijá).
  • albicollis (Latham, 1790) - E Colombia, NW Venezuela (NW Zulia), Trinidad and the Guianas through Amazonia to E Peru, E Ecuador, N & E Bolivia (La Paz, Santa Cruz) and C & E Brazil (C Mato Grosso and N Maranhão).