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Rufous Crab Hawk

Buteogallus aequinoctialis

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Large, chunky hawk of coastal forests, especially mangroves. Adult is mostly dark gray and rusty and is unmistakable in coastal habitat. Brown-and-white immature closely resembles immature Great Black Hawk but has more mottled and less clean-cut appearance. Sits on low perches and pounces on crabs. Tends to be conspicuous and often confiding, allowing close approach.

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