#245 Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

04 November

A small hawk of the genus Buteo. During the summer, some subspecies are distributed over eastern North America, as far west as British Columbia and Texas; they then migrate south to winter in the Neotropics from Mexico south to southern Brazil. Other subspecies are all-year residents on Caribbean islands. As in most raptors, females are slightly larger than males. Broad-winged hawks’ wings are relatively short and broad with a tapered, somewhat pointed appearance. The two types of colouration are a dark morph with fewer white areas and a light morph that is more pale overall. Although the broad-winged hawk’s numbers are relatively stable, populations are declining in some parts of its breeding range because of forest fragmentation.

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