Roadside hawk, Buteo magnirostris griseocauda
I was able to take these photos yesterday in San José Papaloapan. They are not the sharpest as I took them with my digital camera placed against the eyepiece of my binocular, "binoscoping"
But you get the idea of this beautiful tropical buteo. The species is quite abundant here in the tropical lowlands of central Veracruz. A small buteo (13 to 16 inches), the tail is fairly long with even, broad bands, the adult has mottled brown vertical streaks on the throat where as the rusty colored breast and belly feathers present the form of horizontal banding. The eyes are a soft "straw" yellow. The most common call while perched is a fairly long drawn out complaining scream.....reeeeeaaw.....repeated.