- Long-tailed Hawk
name = Long-tailed Hawk
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "Urotriorchis"
genus_authority = Sharpe, 1874
species = "U. macrourus"
binomial = "Urotriorchis macrourus"
binomial_authority = (Hartlaub, 1855)
The Long-tailed Hawk ("Urotriorchis macrourus") is a
bird of preyin the family Accipitridaewhich also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. It is the only member of the genus "Urotriorchis".
This hawk inhabits the
rainforests of western and central Africa. It has a wingspan of 0.90 m and can stand a total length of 0.60 m, including the tail of 0.30 m.
The Long-tailed Hawk primarily eats squirrels and small birds; it can also hunt chickens in the villages close to the forest. Its hunting tactics consist of breaking the neck of its prey.
The mating season occurs in July-August, when the pair build a nest on a high tree. Little is known regarding nesting and breeding the young.
"Uro-" is from the Greek "tail" (Williams 2005), and "triorchis" meant a kind of hawk thought to have three
testicles—for further details see " Eutriorchis". "Macro-" is from the Greek for "long" (Williams 2005), so "macrourus" means "long-tailed", as in the English name.
* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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