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Photo by Lcverissimo
Londrina, PR, Brazil, July 2015
Micrastur ruficollis


31–39 cm (12¼-15¼ in). Small with usual Micrastur shape

  • Yellow Cere, lore, and orbital area
  • Yellow legs
  • Yellowish-ochre to brown eyes

Occurs in rufous and gray morphs, but one or the other is lacking in some subspecies.
Immature: dark brown above, buffy white below with widely spaced narrow black bars (sometimes very inconspicious and essentially restricted to a few marks on the flanks), usually with whitish nuchal collar.


To 2500m. Southern Mexico south to western Ecuador, northwest Argentina, and southern Brazil.



Photo by Robert_Scanlon
Panama, January 2004

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • M. r. guerilla:
  • M. r. interstes:
  • M. r. zonothorax:
  • M. r. concentricus:
  • M. r. ruficollis:
  • M. r. olrogi:
  • Subtropical forests of north-western Argentina

An additional subspecies pelzelni, is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Humid and wet tropical forests in central America high maturer forests further south and in Amazonia..



The diet consists primarily of lizards, with birds such as Brown Tinamou and Plumbeous Pigeon also taken.


They nest in tree cavities and 2-3 white eggs are laid. They are incubated for 33-35 days, and the young fledge 35-44 days later.


The call consists of one or more barking sounds, keyak.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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