Roadside Hawk

Buteo magnirostris

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

ROHA

Code 6

BUTMAG

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Roadside Hawk is mainly a resident of Latin America. It is quite a common species throughout the range of Mexico, Central America, South America, northern Caribbean coastlines and northeastern areas of Argentina. This species is well adapted to virtually every habitat except dense woodlands. It may also be found in urban areas, and may attack humans venturing too close to its nest. This bird’s diet mainly consists of insects, squamates and small mammals. Due to increasing or maintained populations of the Roadside Hawk, this species has a current conservation rating of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Roadside Hawk: This small, long legged tropical species common from Mexico to Argentina is casual in winter to the Rio Grande Valley. Gray-brown upperparts and rufous belly with white to buff coarse bars. Tail is banded with white tip. Flies with stiff, rapid wingbeats and hunts along roadsides.

 

Range and Habitat

Roadside Hawk: This is a tropical species, and is casually found in winter in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. It is found along the Pacific Coast from central Mexico south and along much of the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Its range extends through Central and South Americas. Prefers plantations, second-growth woods and field edges. Often perches low on roadside fence posts or trees.

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Voice Text

"KREE-yurr", "meeahhh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • There is significant plumage variation depending on the subspecies.
  • With the possible exception of dense forests, the Roadside Hawk is well adapted to most ecosystemsin its range.
  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a "boil", "knot", "spiraling", "stream", and "tower" of hawks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X