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Genus Buteogallus
Common black hawk1.jpg
Common black hawk
Buteogallus anthracinus
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 Falconiformes
Infraorder Falconides
Family Information
Family Accipitridae
Sub-family Buteoninae
Genus Information
Genus Buteogallus
Population statistics

Buteogallus is a genus of nine species of predatory birds of the family Accipitridae found in Central and South America, and commonly called "black-hawks", "mangrove-hawks", or "crab-hawks", after the main prey item of most species.


The species of genus Buteogallus are medium-sized birds of prey, with a general buzzard-hawk appearance but with slightly-longer and thinner legs. Most species are dark grey to black in color - hence the name "black-hawk" - and bear a characteristic single white band on the tail feathers.