Roadside Hawk

About the Roadside Hawk

Also known as: Insect Hawk, Large-billed Hawk

Roadside Hawks are little buteos (a type of bird of prey) found in parts of Central and South America. They may be as small as 12 inches tall (males are smaller than females).

Roadside Hawks are highly adaptive and may nest in a variety of habitats (despite the rather specific name); nests are built by both parent birds. Two eggs are laid and incubation is taken care of primarily by the female.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 December 2011
Scientific Name
Buteo magnirostris
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • Buteo magnirostris
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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
12 to 16 inches
8.8 to 11 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-carijó
Czech (Cesky) káně krahujová
Danish (Dansk) Tyknæbbet Våge
Dutch (Nederlands) Wegbuizerd
Finnish (Suomi) soreahiirihaukka
French (Français) Buse à gros bec
German (Deutsch) Wegebussard
Italian (Italiano) Poiana beccogrosso
Japanese (日本語) オオハシノスリ (oohashinosuri)
Norwegian (Norsk) Veivåk
Polish (Polski) myszolów krzykliwy
Russian (русский язык) Большеклювый канюк
Spanish (Español) Busardo Caminero
Swedish (Svenska) Vägvråk
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