Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Adult: approximately crow size; sexes similar in coloration patterns;
Tail: short, broad with usually 3 black and 3 white alternating bands;
Throat: light with brown streaking;
Wings: underside light brown with brown or black barring on primaries and a distinct wide black band along
trailing edge of secondaries;
Eye: cinnamon to brown.
Immature: similar to adult;
Underside: white with dark vertical barring or streaking;
Tail: 8 indistinct bands;
Eye: gray to brown.
Generally found nesting in northern hardwood, deciduous or mixed coniferous forest.
small 10-18" in diameter in deciduous trees. Commonly nests near forest trail edges. Typically
observed perched on the edge of forest roads and trails.
Summer resident common in the northern 1/2 of state; present in forested areas in southern 1/2. Not present
Audio recordings donated by John Feith.
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