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Common Black Hawk

Buteogallus anthracinus

Common Black Hawk
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 21 in. (53 cm)
Found primarily along forested water ways, rivers and swamps, this hawk feeds on frogs, fish, snakes and crabs and occasionally small mammals and insects. The large, bulky stick nest is placed in the high crotch of a cottonwood, sycamore or mesquite tree. In the desert southwest, this hawk spends considerable time sitting in the shade of tall canopy trees. It is most obvious when it soars during warm parts of the day high overhead. The four-digit banding code is CBHA.

Aerial
Aerial

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

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