White-browed Hawk (Leucopternis kuhli)

White-browed Hawk

[order] ACCIPITRIFORMES | [family] Accipitridae | [latin] Leucopternis kuhli | [authority] Bonaparte, 1850 | [UK] White-browed Hawk | [FR] Buse a sourcils blancs | [DE] Weissbrauen-Bussard | [ES] Busardo Cejiblanco | [NL] Kuhls Buizerd


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Leucopternis kuhli SA s Amazonia


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

The White-browed Hawk is distinctive in Amazonia with an all black back and head with some white mottling, and white below with an obvious white supercilium.

Listen to the sound of White-browed Hawk

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Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : South Amazonia. Eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and Amazonian Brazil south of the Rio Amazon


The White-browed Hawk is a denizen of the interior of humid lowland forest in southern Amazonia.


It is very poorly known with very limited information on its breeding or natural history. A nest was about 15 m high in the fork within the subcanopy of a canopy height tree in terra firme forest with a dense understory. The nest was “an untidy, near-hexagonal structure constructed of sticks and some smaller twigs, and lined with a handful of dead leaves on its outer walls.”

Feeding habits

A snake and a lizard are the only confirmed prey in its diet. IN Bolivia, one was captured when it descended on a woodcreeper from a net, and its stomach contained the remains of several small birds.

Video White-browed Hawk


copyright: Baco1970


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
White-browed Hawk status Least Concern


Probably non-migratory.

Distribution map

White-browed Hawk distribution range map

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