White-tailed Hawk

About the White-tailed Hawk

Also known as: Sennett's White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Buzzard

The White-tailed Hawk is a bird of prey found in the tropics or sub-tropical habitats in North, Central and South America. This species of raptor is a resident across its range; it does not generally migrate.

White-tailed Hawks in adult plumage have grey upperparts and white underparts. There is a prominent reddish shoulder patch on the wings; the bird is named for its white tail, which has a black band on the end.

White-tailed Hawks are fierce predators who often hunt by hovering in the air and searching for prey. They hunt a variety of prey items, including rabbits, large insects, snakes, and rats. Opportunistic feeders, they will also eat carrion.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 03 August 2012
Scientific Name
Buteo albicaudatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. albicaudatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 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 23 inches
52 inches
31 to 44 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-de-rabo-branco
Chinese (汉语) 白尾鵟
Czech (Cesky) káně pestrá
Danish (Dansk) Rustskuldret Musvåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Witstaartbuizerd
Finnish (Suomi) kaktushiirihaukka
French (Français) Buse à queue blanche
German (Deutsch) Weißschwanzbussard
Italian (Italiano) Poiana codabianca americana
Japanese (日本語) オジロノスリ [ojironosuri]
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvithalevåk
Polish (Polski) myszolów bialosterny
Russian (русский язык) Болотный канюк
Spanish (Español) Busardo Coliblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Vitstjärtad vråk
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