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Semiplumbeous Hawk
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Buteoninae
Tribe: Buteonini
Genus: Leucopternis
Kaup, 1847

Leucopternis is a Neotropical genus of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. They are generally associated with tropical or subtropical forests, and most are uncommon or rare. Several have a largely white plumage, and a few have distinctive orange or red ceres.


Traditionally, Leucopternis contains the following species, but as the genus probably is polyphyletic, significant future changes are likely with several species being moved to other genera.


  • Lerner, & Mindell (2008). Molecular phylogenetics of the buteonine birds of prey (Accipitridae). Auk 125: 304-315.
  • Raposo, Miller, Silveira, Bermingham, & Wajntal (2006). Polyphyly of the hawk genera Leucopternis and Buteogallus (Aves, Accipitridae): multiple habitat shifts during the Neotropical buteonine diversification. BMC Evol. Biol. 6: 10

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