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Semiplumbeous hawk

Semiplumbeous hawk
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Leucopternis
Species: L. semiplumbeus
Binomial name
Leucopternis semiplumbeus
Lawrence, 1861

The semiplumbeous hawk (Leucopternis semiplumbeus) is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, and Panama. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


  • Morpholoogy 1
  • Gallery 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4


The semiplumbeous hawk is a small bird, averaging about 12-13 inches in length[2] (approximately the size of a kestrel or merlin). The semiplumbeous hawk is easily identifiable due to its striking orange cere and black face mask.[2] Rarely seen in flight, these hawks typically perch silently on a high branch, waiting for prey.[2] The semiplumbeous hawk often follows swarms of army ants in order to capture antbirds,[2] which, along with other small songbirds, make up a large portion of its diet. The overall population of semiplumbeous hawks is small - estimated at 1,000 to 10,000 mature birds - and declining.[3]



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  2. ^ a b c d Henderson, Carrol L. "Birds of Costa Rica." University of Texas Press, 2002 and 2010. pg 71
  3. ^ BirdLife International 2009. Semiplumbeous Hawk Leucopternis semiplumbeus at

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