Friday, October 6, 2017

Mangrove Hawk

We found these two Mangrove Hawks at a nest along the Rio Tarcoles on 4 July 2017. The bird in the lower photo is an immature. Mangrove Hawks are found along the Pacific Coast of Central  and South America. Most ornithologists consider them to be a race of the Common Black Hawk of the Atlantic Coast. The two populations are so similar, it is not known if the two hybridize where the two forms come into contact in Panama. Crabs form the main component of their diet. They also consume other small vertebrates and scavenge dead fish. 

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