Common Black Hawk

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Common Black Hawk (juvenile) standing on a branch at Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

An aptly named entirely black hawk with broad wings and a short tail with a distinct white band. Flight feathers are slightly paler, and it has long yellow legs and yellow on the base of the bill. Immature birds are streaky brown with a dark moustache and pale eyebrow. Typically found in woodlands near water where it hunts, it shows an affinity for cottonwood trees at the northern end of its range.

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