Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle

About the Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle

The Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle is a large species of raptor found in tropical forests in parts of Central and South America.

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles feed on a variety of prey items, including mammals, like monkeys, reptiles, and other birds. Usually prey is found while the bird is soaring at high altitude.

Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles can be recognized by their namesake plumage -- they are mostly white with black on the back, wings, and around the eye. The tail has black and grey barring. They sometimes show a small shaggy crest.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 November 2017
Scientific Name
Spizaetus melanoleucus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Spizaetus
  • S. melanoleucus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 24 inches
43 to 53 inches
30 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-pato
Chinese (汉语) 黑白鹰雕
Czech (Cesky) orel černobílý
Danish (Dansk) Hvidhovedet Høgeørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwart-witte Kuifarend
Finnish (Suomi) töyhtövalkokotka
French (Français) Aigle noir et blanc
German (Deutsch) Elsteradler
Italian (Italiano) Aquilastore bianconero
Japanese (日本語) セグロクマタカ [segurokumataka]
Norwegian (Norsk) Kalottørn
Polish (Polski) wojownik bialoglowy
Portuguese (Português) Gaviao-pato
Russian (русский язык) Венценосный орёл
Spanish (Español) Águila blanquinegra
Swedish (Svenska) svartvit hökörn
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