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White-tailed Hawk

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About the White-tailed Hawk

Also known as: Sennett's White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Buzzard

The White-tailed Hawk is a bird of prey found in the tropics or sub-tropical habitats in North, Central and South America. This species of raptor is a resident across its range; it does not generally migrate.

White-tailed Hawks in adult plumage have grey upperparts and white underparts. There is a prominent reddish shoulder patch on the wings; the bird is named for its white tail, which has a black band on the end.

White-tailed Hawks are fierce predators who often hunt by hovering in the air and searching for prey. They hunt a variety of prey items, including rabbits, large insects, snakes, and rats. Opportunistic feeders, they will also eat carrion.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 August 2012
Scientific Name Buteo albicaudatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. albicaudatus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 23 inches
52 inches
31 to 44 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • Gavião-de-rabo-branco (Brazilian)
  • 白尾鵟 (Chinese)
  • káně pestrá (Czech)
  • Rustskuldret Musvåge (Danish)
  • Witstaartbuizerd (Dutch)
  • kaktushiirihaukka (Finnish)
  • Buse à queue blanche (French)
  • Weißschwanzbussard (German)
  • Poiana codabianca americana (Italian)
  • オジロノスリ [ojironosuri] (Japanese)
  • Hvithalevåk (Norwegian)
  • myszolów bialosterny (Polish)
  • Болотный канюк (Russian)
  • Busardo Coliblanco (Spanish)
  • Vitstjärtad vråk (Swedish)