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About the Broad-winged Hawk

The Broad-winged Hawk is a small hawk that lives across most of Eastern North America as far west as Texas. In winter they migrate south to the neotropics from Mexico down to southern Brazil. Many of the subspecies in the Carribean are endemic and most of them do not migrate.

Broad-winged Hawks inhabit any types of forest and hunt by sitting on a perch and watching for prey. They have been described as 'cat-like' while stalking prey.

Although this bird's numbers are relatively stable, populations are declining in some parts of its breeding range because of forest fragmentation.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 31 October 2008
Scientific Name Buteo platypterus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. platypterus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13 to 18 inches
9.4 to 19.2 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Gavião-de-asa-larga (Brazilian)
  • Káně širokokřídlá (Czech)
  • Bredvinget Våge (Danish)
  • Breedvleugelbuizerd (Dutch)
  • Viheltäjähiirihaukka (Finnish)
  • Petite Buse (French)
  • Breitflügelbussard (German)
  • Poiana Alilarghe (Italian)
  • ハネビロノスリ(Hanebironosuri) (Japanese)
  • Bredvingevåk (Norwegian)
  • Myszolów Szerokoskrzydly (Polish)
  • Ширококрылый канюк (Russian)
  • Busardo Aliancho (Spanish)
  • Bredvingad Vråk (Swedish)

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