Broad-winged Hawk
Buteo platypterus

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Field Marks
  • Dark brown head, nape, upperwing, and back
  • Pale breast with thick, reddish bars to belly
  • Pale underwing with thick black margin to trailing edge
  • Thick black and white bands on tail of even width


The broad-winged hawk is generally found in dense deciduous or in mixed deciduous/coniferous woodlands. They can often be found near openings created by roads, trails or wetlands.


Common during spring and fall migration.  It is possible to see large numbers of these hawks in a shot time period migrating through the area.