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Plain-breasted Hawk
Accipiter ventralis

Status: Lower risk

Population Trend: Unknown.

Other Names: 

Accipiter ventralis
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Distribution: Neotropical.  Andes from COLOMBIA (including Santa Martas) to western and southern VENEZUELA (including Tepuis) through ECUADOR and PERU to western BOLIVIA (Cochabamba, Santa Cruz); there is a recent sight record from ARGENTINA (Jujuy Province). more....

Subspecies: Monotypic.

Taxonomy: Formerly treated as a race of the Sharp-shinned Hawk, A. striatus (Storer 1966, Brown and Amadon 1968, Stresemann and Amadon 1979), as were the forms A. chionogaster and A. erythronemius, but these populations are now regarded as forming a superspecies (Sibley and Monroe 1990). Hellmayr and Conover (1949) treated erythronemius as a separate species with ventralis as one of its two races. Bildstein (2004) suggested that this species may have derived from the allopatric Sharp-shinned Hawk as a result of "migration dosing."

Movements: Non-migratory (Bildstein and Zalles 2005).

Habitat and Habits: Found in middle elevations and lower montane areas. Occurs in humid forests, including second-growth, patches of woodland, and occasionally in agricultural terrain or partially cleared areas. Sometimes perches on exposed branches and also soars regularly (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001).

Food and Feeding Behavior: Feeds on small birds. Generally hunts from a concealed perch in dense foliage inside forest or at edges, dashing out in pursuit of prey.

Breeding: No information.

Conservation: Poorly studied. Generally reported as uncommon throughout its range, although both Fjeldså and Krabbe (1990) and Márquez Reyes et al. (2000) termed regarded it as "fairly common" in some areas of Colombia. Categorized as a species of "Least Concern" by BirdLife International (2008).

Important References: 
Bierregaard, R.O. 1994. Plain-breasted Hawk. P. 159 in del Hoyo, J., A.
  Elliott, and J. Sargatal (eds). Handbook of birds of the world. Vol. 2. New
  World vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Ferguson-Lees, J., and D.A. Christie. 2001. Raptors of the world. Houghton
  Mifflin, Boston, MA.

Sites of Interest:
Plain-breasted Hawk photos.

Ospina, Alex
Whittaker, Andrew

Last modified: 4/17/2011

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