Rufous-tailed Hawk (Buteo ventralis)

Rufous-tailed Hawk

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Buteo ventralis | [authority] Gould, 1837 | [UK] Rufous-tailed Hawk | [FR] Buse de Patagonie | [DE] Magellanbussard | [ES] Busardo Patagon | [NL] Patagonische Buizerd


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Buteo ventralis SA s


Members of the genus Buteo are broad-winged, broad-tailed hawks, Well adapted for soaring. The bill, legs and talons are of average proportions. There is much colour variation both within the species, and, by way of phases, within individual species. In all cases the young are quite different from adults in that they are all well camouflaged with an overall brown appearance with varying amounts of striping below and paler mottling above.
The 25 species are spread worldwide with the exception of Australasia and much of the Indian sub-continent.

Physical charateristics

The pale morph resembles the Red-tailed in having a rufous tail, brown upperparts, and pale underparts, but is more uniformly streaked below. The dark morph is black overall, with a grayish tail banded narrowly in black.

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wingspan min.: 125 cm wingspan max.: 135 cm
size min.: 54 cm size max.: 60 cm
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South America : South


It occurs in a variety of habitats, mostly open, in southern and central Argentina and Chile. It inhabits the ecotone between Nothofagus forest and steppe grassland from sea level to at least 1,200 m


The stick nest is placed high, over 33 meters, in a tree. It is lnied with feathers and wool. One nest contained three chicks.

Feeding habits

Feeding behavior is poorly known, but it is known to take small mammals and birds, generally hunting from a perch.


This species is thought to have a small global population and is considered Near Threatened. If further infomation indicates that its total population fals below 1,000 mature individuals, it would qualify for uplisting to Vulnerable.
Its habitat has been negatively affected by logging and overgrazing since the introduction of sheep and cattle
Rufous-tailed Hawk status Near Threatened



Distribution map

Rufous-tailed Hawk distribution range map

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