Broad-winged Hawk

(Buteo platypterus)

Conservation Status
Broad-winged Hawk
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Broad-winged Hawk is a small, compact hawk. In flight, the wings are short and broad. The wing undersides are pale with a dark brown outline, a dark narrow band at the tip, and black “fingers”. The tail is broad, short, and square, with a wide white band and a wide dark subterminal band.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

14 to 19 in length

32 to 39 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

A high-pitched, whistling, very short note followed closely by a much longer note, lasting 2 to 4 seconds: ke-eeeee.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Breeding: Dense mixed and deciduous forests and woodlands

Migration: Edges of deciduous forests and woodlands, riparian forests and woodlands

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Mid-April to mid-May and mid-August to early October.

Broad-winged Hawks are seen every year in early fall migrating in large groups (kettles) past Hawk Ridge in Duluth.

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Small mammals, amphibians, small birds, and large insects.

Unlike most hawks, which hunt in open areas, Broad-winged Hawk hunts in dense woods from a perch under the forest canopy. It is often seen perching on roadside telephone poles.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Accipitriformes (hawks, eagles, kites, and allies)  
 

Family

Accipitridae (eagles, hawks, and kites)  
 

Subfamily

Accipitrinae  
 

Genus

Buteo (buteos)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Antigua Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus insulicola)

Antillean Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus antillarum)

Cuban Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus cubanensis)

Dominican Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus rivierei)

Northern Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus platypterus)

Puerto Rican Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus brunnescens)

 
       
 

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This Broad-wing was being patient with me as I struggled to get my camera ready. It was only about 20 feet away watching me with some curiosity.

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Uploaded on Feb 12, 2011

   
       
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Uploaded on Aug 9, 2008

Young Broad-winged Hawk digi-scoped at Crane Lake, MN at the southern entrance to Voyageurs National Park

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Published on Sep 16, 2012

Dr. Brent Bibles (professor at Unity College) releasing a rehabilitated broad-winged hawk (rehabilitated at Avian Haven) at Unity College on 16 September 2012, with the assistance of Unity student Michelle Wood.

   
       
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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2011

One of my locals hanging out in the backyard.

   
       
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Published on May 14, 2012

Hanging out looking for a meal among the squirrels and birds. The wrens and cardinals are chirping their alarm calls in the background. A bit grainy because of low light.

   
       

 

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Bill Reynolds
5/9/2018

Location: Pennington Co Minnesota

This Broad-wing was being patient with me as I struggled to get my camera ready. It was only about 20 feet away watching me with some curiosity.

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