Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Order: Accipitriformes | Family: Accipitrida | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Age: Adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Age: Adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Colombia and Peru

Age: Adult & Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Various

Identification & Behavior: ~39.5 cm (15.5 in). The Broad-winged Hawk has brown head and breasts that grades to pale in the lower belly. The brown shapes forming a streak are characteristic. The back is gray with dusky mottles. The adult has broad white tail bands, but the juvenile many narrow gray tail bars. It is similar to the Roadside Hawk but is distinguished by having brown iris brown, brown head (gray in Roadside Club).

Status: The Broad-winged Hawk is a Boreal migrant (October-March) to Amazonia and the foothill of the Andes where it is known to range up to 3000 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Aguilucho de Ala Ancha.

Sub-species: Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus platypterus), Vieillot 1823.

Meaning of Name: Buteo: Gr. vulture, buzzard. platypterus: Gr. Platus= broad and pteros= wing.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.