Short-tailed Hawk

Buteo brachyurus

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

STHA

Code 6

BUTBRA

ITIS

HEAD

Short-tailed Hawk Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Dark brown, especially in Florida where "very dark brown” Lighter brown in juveniles. In contrast, approximately one-third of museum specimens from tropical locales record iris color as yellow, brownish yellow or yellowish brown.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: White
  • Nape Color: Black
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Short-tailed Hawk Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 38-43 cm (15-17 in)
  • Weight: 453 g (16 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Brown
  • Underparts: Black
  • Upperparts: Black
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Short-tailed Hawk Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Nearly always airborne with flat wings and prolonged soaring.
  • Wingspan Range: 81-104 cm (32-41 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Banded
  • Upper Tail: White with black sub terminal band.
  • Under Tail: White with black sub terminal band.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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