Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris) immature
Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica.
The Roadside Hawk is found from northern Mexico south to Argentina, and is one of the most widespread raptors of the neotropics. This species shows considerable geographic variation across its wide distribution, with 12 currently recognized subspecies.
With the possible exception of dense rainforests, the roadside hawk is well adapted to most ecosystems in its range. It is also an urban bird, and is possibly the most common species of hawk seen in various cities throughout its range.
It feeds on a variety of small prey including reptiles and small mammals, but mainly feeds on insects.