Birds of Colombia

    ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles)  
Genus: Accipiter (6 species, 51 worldwide)

Genus Accipiter are hawks with short wings and long tails, and are suited best for hunting in the forest. Immatures often have vertically running spots in front.

Bicolored Hawk
Bicolored Hawk (Accipiter bicolor)
Costa Rica  
Photograph by Chris Jimenez Nature Photo   © All Rights Reserved by Chris Jimenez Nature Photo.

White morph. Note white collar.

Semicollared Hawk
Semicollared Hawk (Accipiter collaris) Near Threatened
Copalinga, Zamora, Ecuador
  Adult has dark grey to black back and barring. Immature is browner.
Photograph by Stephen J. Davies   © All Rights Reserved.

A small hawk similar to the [Tiny Hawk] except about 5 cm. larger and with a white partial collar around back of neck.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Rare/Accidental
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Immature Rare/Accidental
San Timoteo Creek, California,  
Photograph by Matt Grube   © All Rights Reserved.

A small to medium-sized hawk often seen inside cities. Adults are horizontally barred rufous in front, while immatures are whiter with brown horizontal marks.

Grey-bellied Hawk
Grey-bellied Hawk (Accipiter poliogaster) Near Threatened
Iporanga, SP, Brazil  
Photograph by João Sérgio Barros F. de Souza   © All Rights Reserved.

Tiny Hawk
Tiny Hawk (Accipiter superciliosus superciliosus)
Putumayo, Colombia  
Photograph by Brayan Coral Jaramillo   © All Rights Reserved.

A rare song-bird sized hawk (especially the smaller male) said to prey on hummingbirds. Compare to [Semicollared Hawk].

Plain-breasted Hawk
Plain-breasted Hawk (Accipiter ventralis)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
  Pale morph. This hawk may also have a rufous breast but it is not streaked or barred.
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A non-migratory version of the small [Sharp-shinned Hawk], and often considered the same species. The rufous thigh seems to be a good identifying feature of this species.
Additional photo.
The immature Plain-breasted Hawk is streaked. Note {rufous} thighs.

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