The Ridgway's Hawk is a Critically Endangered bird of prey endemic to the island of Hispaniola. Since 2002, the Ridgway's Hawk Project has been fighting to save this species in the Dominican Republic. The program involves several components, including research, assisted dispersal, and education. The town of Los... Read more »
The Ridgway's Hawk is a species of raptor historically found on the island of Hispaniola and other nearby islands. The range has shrunk in modern time, with most of the breeding population found in the Los Haitises National Park of the Dominican Republic.
Ridgway's Hawks are found in a variety of habitats, including areas by human developments. They hunt mainly from a perched position and dine on a variety of prey items including snakes, skinks, frogs, and other birds. The Ridgway's Hawk is a very vocal species - often the birds are heard before they are seen.
The global population of the Ridgway's Hawk is in decline, and the species has a conservation status of Critically Endangered as of August 2014. Although they are found in a variety of habitats, they prefer to nest in hardwood trees and palm trees. As these trees disappear from their range, so does their ability to reproduce.
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The Ridgway's Hawk is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species is considered Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small and fragmented population, which continues to decline. Only effective protection of Los Haitises National Park and captive breeding and release are likely to save this species from extinction.