Black Hawk-Eagle

About the Black Hawk-Eagle

Also known as: Tyrant Hawk-Eagle; Gavi
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 May 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
22 to 28 inches
31.7 to 45.9 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-pega-macaco
Chinese (汉语) 黑鹰雕
Czech (Cesky) orel černý
Danish (Dansk) Sort Høgeørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Kuifarend
Finnish (Suomi) ritarijalokotka
French (Français) Aigle tyran
German (Deutsch) Tyrannenadler
Italian (Italiano) Aquilastore nero
Japanese (日本語) クロクマタカ [kurokumataka]
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartskogørn
Polish (Polski) wojownik czarny
Portuguese (Português) Gaviao-pega-macaco
Russian (русский язык) Чёрный хохлатый орёл
Spanish (Español) Águila negra
Swedish (Svenska) svart hökörn
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