Plumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis plumbeus)

Plumbeous Hawk

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Leucopternis plumbeus | [authority] Salvin, 1872 | [UK] Plumbeous Hawk | [FR] Buse plombee | [DE] Bleibussard | [ES] Busardo Plomizo | [NL] Donkergrijze Buizerd


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Leucopternis plumbeus SA Colombia to Peru


Members of the genus Leucopternis are small to medium-sized buteonine hawks with short and rounded wings and a moderate length tail. In some species the sides of the head are partly bare of feathers and brightly coloured, as are the legs. P1umage pattern is quite simple; immatures are similar to adults. This large genus is placed between Buteo and Buteogallus, and contains ten species, all tropical American.

Physical charateristics

Unformly colored thick-set bird, appearing tho have a short tail. Except of the bodily form the white band on tail is conspicuous. Though it is the only completely slate-colored Leucopternis in its range, it might be confused with the Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens), but note the Crane Hawk’s larger size, longer tarsi, conspicuously banded tail and more slender structure.

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South America : Colombia to Peru. This species is distributed along the west slope of the northern Andes in the Choco biogeographic region in northwestern Colombia and western Ecuador


It largely inhabits the closed-canopy interior of lowland and foothill (up to 800 m) humid forests, but has been recorded in degraded forest


The nest and breeding behavior of this species are undescribed.

Feeding habits

The Plumbeous Hawk feeds on small vertebrates, which it hunts in the forest interior with a perch-and-wait strategy.


This species has a small population, but there is no direct evidence of a decline at present. It is consequently classified as Near Threatened, but could be uplisted to Vulnerable if the population is found to be declining owing to habitat loss.
The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing deforestation
Plumbeous Hawk status Near Threatened



Distribution map

Plumbeous Hawk distribution range map

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