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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Buteoninae
Genus: Leucopternis
Species: L. albicollis - L. kuhli - L. lacernulatus - L. melanops - L. occidentalis - L. plumbeus - L. polionotus - L. princeps - L. schistaceus - L. semiplumbeus


Leucopternis Kaup, 1847


Isis, oder Encyclopädische Zeitung 40 col.210

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.

* White-browed Hawk (Leucopternis kuhli)
* White-necked Hawk (Leucopternis lacernulatus)
* Black-faced Hawk (Leucopternis melanops)
* Grey-backed Hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis)
* Plumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis plumbeus)
* Mantled Hawk (Leucopternis polionotus)
* Barred Hawk (Leucopternis princeps)
* Slate-coloured Hawk (Leucopternis schistaceus)
* Semiplumbeous Hawk (Leucopternis semiplumbeus)
* White Hawk (Leucopternis albicollis)


* 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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