Crane hawk

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Crane Hawk
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Superorder Passerimorphae
Order Accipitriformes
Infraorder Falconides
Family Information
Family Accipitridae
Sub-family Perninae
Genus Information
Genus Geranospiza
Species Information
Species G. caerulescens
Population statistics
Conservation status Least concern[1]

Crane hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens) is a species of harrier found in much of Latin America.


A medium-sized raptor, the crane hawk is characterized by long slender legs which appear double-jointed; the legs are used to probe and capture prey animals within cavities and holes.

Crane hawks are generally gray-to-dark gray overall, with a pair of thick white bands on the tail, and a white half-moon crescent pattern on the base of the primary flight feathers.


  • Geranospiza caerulescens balzarensis
Panama to western Colombia, Ecuador and northwestern Peru
  • Geranospiza caerulescens caerulescens
Eastern Colombia and Peru, east to northern Brazil and the Guianas
  • Geranospiza caerulescens flexipes
Southern Brazil to Bolivia, northern Argentina and the Paraguayan chacos
  • Geranospiza caerulescens gracilis
Northestern Brazil
  • Geranospiza caerulescens livens
Northwestern Mexico
  • Geranospiza caerulescens nigra
Northern Mexico south to central Panama