Broad-winged Hawk
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General description.

The Broad-winged Hawk is one of the smallest North American hawks. It is often found along the edge of a forest looking for the small mammals and reptiles on which it feeds. When it spots its prey, it swoops down and catches it with its talons. This bird migrates in flocks of thousands of birds. Not surprisingly, this bird is one of the most docile of the hawks. During breeding season, this bird is monogamous. A pair builds their platform shaped nest in a tree. The females lays 2-4 bluish eggs and the pair raises them. A pair raises one brood per year. This bird is common in its summer range, but in the winter in California and Florida it is rare. At one time, large numbers of this bird were shot during migration. Now this bird is protected by law.

Juvenile appearance.

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawks have white chests with dark streaking and their tails are buff color with thin bands.

Flight pattern.

Direct with rapid, shallow wing beats. Soars on thermals.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

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Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Broad-winged Hawk nests on trees and lays 2-4 white eggs in April and May
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