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.