Broad-winged Hawk

(Buteo platypterus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Broad-winged Hawk

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Dense mixed and deciduous forests and woodlands

Migration: Edges of deciduous forests and woodlands, riparian forests and woodlands

Size

14 to 19 in length

32 to 39 wingspan

     
      Photo by Bill Reynolds
 
Identification

This is a small, compact hawk. In flight, the wings are short and broad. The wing undersides are pale with a dark brown outline, a dark narrow band at the tip, and black “fingers”. The tail is broad, short, and square, with a wide white band and a wide dark subterminal band.

 
Voice

A high-pitched, whistling, very short note followed closely by a much longer note, lasting 2 to 4 seconds: ke-eeeee.

 
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Food

Small mammals, amphibians, small birds, and large insects.

Hunts from a perch under the forest canopy. Often seen perching on roadside telephone poles.

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Mid-April to mid-May and mid-August to early October.

Broad-winged Hawks are seen every year in early fall migrating in large groups (kettles) past Hawk Ridge in Duluth.

 
Comments

Hunting
Unlike most hawks, which hunt in open areas, Broad-winged Hawk hunts in dense woods.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey)

 

Family:

Accipitridae (eagles, hawks, and kites)

 

Subfamily:

Accipitrinae (hawks, eagles, buzzards, vultures, and relatives)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Antigua Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus insulicola)

Antillean Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus antillarum)

Cuban Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus cubanensis)

Dominican Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus rivierei)

Northern Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus platypterus)

Puerto Rican Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus brunnescens)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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This Broad-wing was being patient with me as I struggled to get my camera ready. It was only about 20 feet away watching me with some curiosity.

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Dr. Brent Bibles (professor at Unity College) releasing a rehabilitated broad-winged hawk (rehabilitated at Avian Haven) at Unity College on 16 September 2012, with the assistance of Unity student Michelle Wood.

   
       
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One of my locals hanging out in the backyard.

   
       
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Hanging out looking for a meal among the squirrels and birds. The wrens and cardinals are chirping their alarm calls in the background. A bit grainy because of low light.

   
       

 

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Location: Pennington Co Minnesota

This Broad-wing was being patient with me as I struggled to get my camera ready. It was only about 20 feet away watching me with some curiosity.

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