Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (species: Spizaetus melanoleucus) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Spizaetus melanoleucus
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle


©Mateus Hidalgo

©Dick Culbert from Gibsons, B.C., Canada
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Spizaetus
Species Spizaetus melanoleucus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The head, neck and body are white; a small crest forms a black spot on top of the head, and the area around the eyes, particularly towards the bill, is also black. The wings are black, and the bird has a brownish tail barred black-dark grey and with white tip. The iris is orange, the feet pale to bright yellow with black talons. The bill is black with a yellow cere.

The sexes are alike in color, but the female is larger. Immature birds have pale edges on the upperwing coverts and some brownish-grey feathers on the back. (Wikipedia)


  • From 50 cm to 60 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



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