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Photo © by THE_FERN
Aguas Calientes, Parc Nacional Puyehue, Chile, February 2024
Accipiter chilensis


Male 37-38 cm, female 41-42 cm. Sexes similar.

  • Upperparts dark grey
  • Crown may be darker, sometimes contrasting with paler cheeks
  • Throat may have thin longitudinal dark stripes
  • Underparts grey (paler than back) with whitish mottling or white and orange-brown barring on chest and abdomen
  • Underwing coverts rufous
  • Thighs rufous
  • Undertail coverts white
  • Tail with even width pale and dark bands: end is rounded
  • Iris yellow
  • Legs green yellow
  • In flight: tail mostly held closed unless soaring which happens rarely
Photo © by Jan Bisschop
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Feb. 2004

Juvenile - browner upperparts, cream fringes to feathers, pale chest and abdomen with longitudinal stripes.


Adults may have greyer or more orange underparts (vent still whitish).


Chile, western Argentina and Tierra del Fuego.


This is a monotypic species[1].

The Chilean Hawk was formerly included in Bicolored Hawk. However, status has changed back and forth a couple of times.


Temperate forest to 2700m, hunting in shrubland, grassland or agricultural land.


The diet includes mainly small birds, though large insects and rodents are also taken.

Its nest is an oval platform built from twigs and sticks, placed in a tall tree. 2 dull light bluish to off-white eggs are laid and incubated for 3 weeks.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Jaramillo, A. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117409

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