Black Hawk-Eagle

About the Black Hawk-Eagle

Also known as: Tyrant Hawk-Eagle; Gavião-pega-macaco
The Black Hawk-Eagle is a large species of raptor found in parts of Central and South America. They are found in lowland tropical forest habitat.

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 January 2018
Scientific Name
Spizaetus tyrannus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Spizaetus
  • S. tyrannus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 9 November 2018)
  • 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
22 to 28 inches
31.7 to 45.9 ounces

International Names

Brazilian Gavião-pega-macaco
Chinese 黑鹰雕
Czech orel černý
Danish Sort Høgeørn
Dutch Zwarte Kuifarend
Finnish ritarijalokotka
French Aigle tyran
German Tyrannenadler
Italian Aquilastore nero
Japanese クロクマタカ [kurokumataka]
Norwegian Svartskogørn
Polish wojownik czarny
Portuguese Gaviao-pega-macaco
Russian Чёрный хохлатый орёл
Spanish Águila negra
Swedish svart hökörn
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