Grey-bellied Hawk (Accipiter poliogaster)

The Grey-bellied Hawk is a medium-sized bird of prey found in South America, specifically in the Andes mountains. Its scientific name is Accipiter poliogaster and it is also commonly referred to as the Slate-colored Hawk.

This bird has a distinctive appearance with its slate-grey colored back and wings, and its pale grey belly and breast. The females are generally larger than males and have longer tails. They weigh between 340-580 grams and have a wingspan of around 80 cm.

The Grey-bellied Hawk is a skilled hunter and feeds mainly on small mammals such as rodents and birds, but they have also been known to eat reptiles and insects. They hunt by stealthily flying through the trees and ambushing their prey from above. Unlike other hawks, they do not soar in the air but stay close to the ground, making them expert hunters in the dense forests.

These birds are monogamous and mate for life. The breeding season generally lasts from August to December. They build their nests in tall trees using sticks and leaves. The female lays two to four eggs, and both parents take turns incubating and caring for the eggs and chicks. The chicks fledge after around six weeks and are independent after a few months.

Unfortunately, the Grey-bellied Hawk is threatened due to habitat loss and hunting. Like many birds of prey, they are at risk of being poisoned by pesticides and other chemicals that are used in agricultural practices. Illegal hunting and trapping for their feathers and body parts also threaten their survival.

Conservation efforts are underway to protect the Grey-bellied Hawk and their habitat. Organizations such as BirdLife International are working towards creating protected areas and conserving forests where these birds can thrive. It is crucial to protect these magnificent birds as they play a vital role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and keeping small animal populations in check.

Other names

Accipiter poliogaster



Grey-bellied Hawk

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