Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tiny Hawk

Accipiter superciliosus
The Tiny hawk is very appropriately named-- females are only around 10in long, and the males are even smaller. This makes them one of the smallest Raptors in the entire world.

Tiny Hawks live in Central and South America, having a very patchy throughout a handful of countries. They live in wet, lowland forests. You'll identify them by their small size, and by their greyish-brown upper feathers with buff, barred undersides.

When it comes to hunting, the Tiny Hawks seek out a high perch and scan their surroundings for prey. They hunt other birds, especially Hummingbirds, and will snatch them either in mid-flight, or while they are themselves resting on perches.

Currently the Tiny Hawks are listed as being of Least Concern. They have a very large range, and appear to be common throughout it.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : South and Central America
Size : Length up to 8in (20cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae -- Genus : Accipiter -- Species : A. superciliosus
Image :  Birding Brazil Tours

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