Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

BWHA

Code 6

BUTPLA

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Broad-winged Hawk has a large breeding range of around 4,860,000 square kilometers. It breeds in forest in Canada from Alberta east to Nova Scotia, and in much of the eastern United States. It also occurs in some parts of the Caribbean, and winters in southern Mexico, Central America, and South America to Bolivia. The global breeding population of this bird species is estimated at 1,700,000, and the species does not seem to be experiencing decline at a rate that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of this, the conservation rating of the Broad-winged Hawk is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Broad-winged Hawk: Medium hawk, dark brown, mottled upperparts and brown-barred, white underparts. Pale underwings with black margins visible in flight. Tail is dark banded. Feeds on amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and birds, large insects. Flap-and-glide flight, soars on thermals and updrafts.

 

Range and Habitat

Broad-winged Hawk: Occurs north from British Columbia east to Nova Scotia, south through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to eastern Texas, through the Gulf coast to northern Florida; not found west of the Rockies. Preferred habitats include dense deciduous and mixed woodlands, often near openings created by roads, trails, or wetlands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peeteeee", "peweeeeee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A subspecies of this hawk, generally found only in Puerto Rico, is endangered and has a total population of about 100 birds.
  • During migration, weather and geography cause these birds to concentrate into groups that number in the thousands. These large groups are referred to as “kettles.”
  • Research has shown that Broad-winged Hawks typically migrate about 4,300 miles, covering an average of 70 miles each day.
  • 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

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
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