IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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Biology

An opportunistic hunter, the rufous-tailed hawk takes a variety of prey, which it catches by perching on a tree branch or fence post before swooping down upon its victim (7) (8). Birds, such as Chilean pigeon (Columba araucana) and red-breasted meadowlark (Sturnella loyca), appear to form the major part of its diet, but it also consumes small mammals, such as rats and hares, as well as reptiles and beetles (7). Breeding takes place between October and January, at which time a nest—comprising a platform of sticks lined with feathers and wool—is constructed high-up in a large tree. Little else is known about the rufous-tailed hawk's nesting behaviour or parental care (5).

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