Black Hawk-Eagles feed on mammals, like squirrels, bats, and monkeys, as well as other bird species, including chachalacas. They most often hunt prey from a perched position.
The Black Hawk-Eagle can be recognized by its dark head crest and mostly black body plumage. It has a rounded tail with broad grey stripes; there is fine striping on the underwings and legs as well. Males and females look alike, though females are larger. Young birds have a paler plumage.
Details & Statistics
The Black Hawk-Eagle is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.