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Long-tailed Hawk
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Information
Range western and central Africa.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Urotriorchis
Species Urotriorchis macrourus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Long-tailed hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus), is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is the only member of the genus Urotriorchis.

This hawk inhabits the tropical rainforests of western and central Africa. It has a wingspan of 81–90 centimetres (32–35 in) and a total length of 56–65 centimetres (22–26 in), including the tail of 30–37 centimetres (12–15 in). Females are about 15% larger than males. Since the tail comprises about 56% of this raptor's total length, this species ties with the cinereous harrier as the raptor with the longest tail relative to its body size.

The long-tailed hawk primarily eats squirrels and small birds; it can also hunt chickens in the villages close to the forest. It kills prey by breaking the neck.

The mating season occurs in July and August, when the pair build a nest on a high tree. Little is known regarding nesting and breeding the young.

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