Hawk Facts and Photos

Broad-Winged Hawk Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Physical Description: 

The Broad-winged Hawk is small and stocky with rounded wings. It is marked with black and white bands on the tail.

Length: 13.4-17.3 inches

Weight: 9.3-19.8 ounces

Wingspan: 31.9-39.4 inches

Diet: Amphibians, insects, small mammals, and juvenile birds

Migration: Broad-winged Hawks migrate from the eastern U.S. and southern Canada each fall to South America, where they winter in forests. Sometimes juveniles will migrate to south Florida.

Wildlife photographer Bob Poole films something he’s never seen before.

Sharp-Shinned Hawk Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter Striatus)

Physical Description: Small in size with short, rounded wings, a small head and a long tail. Adults are blue-gray with horizontal red-orange bars across the breast. Females are larger than males.

Length: 9.4-13.4 inches

Weight: 3.1-7.7 ounces

Wingspan: 16.9-22.1 inches

Diet: Songbirds such as warblers, sparrows and thrushes, small rodents, such as mice and voles, and sometimes moths and grasshoppers

Migration: Migration for the Sharp-shinned Hawk occurs from late August to late October in New England and this species spends its winters in the southeast U.S. like Florida.


Animal facts courtesy of the BBC.

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