Broad-winged Hawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 31 October 2008
Scientific Name
Buteo platypterus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. platypterus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13 to 18 inches
9.4 to 19.2 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-de-asa-larga
Czech (Cesky) Káně širokokřídlá
Danish (Dansk) Bredvinget Våge
Dutch (Nederlands) Breedvleugelbuizerd
Finnish (Suomi) Viheltäjähiirihaukka
French (Français) Petite Buse
German (Deutsch) Breitflügelbussard
Italian (Italiano) Poiana Alilarghe
Japanese (日本語) ハネビロノスリ(Hanebironosuri)
Norwegian (Norsk) Bredvingevåk
Polish (Polski) Myszolów Szerokoskrzydly
Russian (русский язык) Ширококрылый канюк
Spanish (Español) Busardo Aliancho
Swedish (Svenska) Bredvingad Vråk
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