Crane Hawk – 17/12/2019

Nice views of a Crane Hawk today hunting in jungle edge habitat in Gamboa, Panama.  Although they will actively hunt a wide variety of prey, these raptors have a special adaptation which allows them to exploit a niche here in the neotropics.  Crane Hawks have exceptionally long legs, with double-jointed tarsal bones which allow the legs to bend both ways.  They are therefore able to reach deep inside tree-holes and crevices in order to snatch nesting birds and other vertebrate prey.




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