Tuesday, April 24, 2018

White Hawk

On the afternoon of 14 July we drove to La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge. Along the way, we stopped when our driver, Ramon, spied a White Hawk. (The name White Hawk is a good example of why we should always capitalize common names.) This raptor with common from southern Mexico south through Central and South America. White Hawks in Central America live up to their name, while South American populations can be mostly black.

White Hawks are forest birds that eat a wide variety of prey. They are especially fond of snakes. White Hawks seem to prefer coral snakes, despite those reptiles’ neurotoxins. Other prey items include arthropods, birds, mammals and amphibians (Magnier and Schulenberg 2013).

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