adult; all-black plumage except for white tail band (Panama; 2008-06-15)

Common Black Hawk
Buteogallus anthracinus

Native Range: North America and Latin Ameica

Notes: a common dark-plumaged buteo whose geographic range in Latin America barely extends into the southern United States along the border with Mexico.

white tail band barely visible here (Panama; 2008-06-15)

soaring; note the bright yellow at base of bill (Panama; 2008-06-15)

juvenile; mottled brown with buffy on wings, head (Panama; 2008-06-15)

dorsal view of juvenile; note strong white tail bands (Panama; 2008-06-15)