Living Bird Magazine
White-tailed HawkGeranoaetus albicaudatus
- ORDER: Accipitriformes
- FAMILY: Accipitridae
A stocky hawk of open to sparsely wooded, arid regions, the White-tailed Hawk is found from southern Texas to South America. Its white tail with a black band near the tip is unique amongst North American hawks.More ID Info
- Busardo Coliblanco (Spanish)
- Buse à queue blanche (French)
- Cool Facts
- Unlike most Buteo hawks, the wing feathers of a perched adult White-tailed Hawk extend noticeably beyond the tail. A juvenile bird has a tail up to 15% longer than an adult, and its wing feathers barely surpass the tip of its tail.
- Occupying discontinuous breeding areas from southern Texas to Argentina, the White-tailed Hawk claims the widest latitudinal distribution (29°N to 44°S) of any Buteo and has successfully colonized several Caribbean islands.
- The oldest White-tailed Hawk was a female, and at least 10 years, 7 months old, when she was found in Texas.