The Short-tailed Hawk is distributed in much of South America, in Central America and in southern Florida (Blake 1977). It occurs in a variety of habitats, like humid forest, Caatinga (Olmos 1993) and dry tropical forest (Kirwan et al. 2001).
Figure 1. I was trying to attract a woodcreeper with playbacks, when this hawk suddenly landed on a tree branch a few meters above me, apparently searching for the fictive woodcreeper. It stayed there for half a minute, looking in all directions. This gave me time to take a few photos.
For details of head, see fig. 2.To top of page
Figure 2. Details of head. Same individual as above.To top of page
Figure 4. This picture shows the short tail of the Short-tailed Hawk in some detail. The tail feathers are barred, with a variable number of visible bars (6 on the outermost feather, 3-5 on the others). This does not match the description in Mata et al. 2006, "...Tail with 3 black bars and broad subterminal band" (p. 124) or in Meyer de Schauensee 1970: "...two narrow, and one broader ... band" (p. 44). Restall et al. 2006a,b counted "5 black bars on dark grey tail".To top of page