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Crane Hawk

Geranospiza caerulescens

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Small-headed, long-legged hawk of tropical lowlands, especially marshes, but also forest, woodland patches. Usually seen perched, at times clambering and flapping while using its double-jointed legs to grope around for prey in tree crevices. Adult has gimlet-red eyes and gray face (not yellow like most hawks), long reddish legs. Immature has orange eyes, white-grizzled face. Long tail has 2 broad white bands, obvious in flight. Wingbeats rather loose and floppy, and soars rather infrequently.

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Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America