Broad-Winged Hawk

The Broad Winged Hawk!

Today I saw a creature perched way up high on top the streetlamp. His white neck feathers were ruffled out, from cold or from a fight? We passed him, then when coming back his body had not moved, but his head turned back, watching…searching. I’m glad I’m not a mouse! Broad-winged Hawk: Medium hawk, dark brown, mottled upperparts and brown-barred, white underparts. Pale underwings with black margins visible in flight. Tail is dark banded. Feeds on amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and birds, large insects. Flap-and-glide flight, soars on thermals and updrafts.

Range and Habitat

Broad-winged Hawk: Occurs north from Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to eastern Texas, through the Gulf coast to northern Florida; not found west of the Rockies. Preferred habitats include dense deciduous and mixed woodlands, often near openings created by roads, trails, or wetlands.

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Listen to Call

Voice Text

“peeteeee”, “peweeeeee”


  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.
  • A subspecies of this hawk, generally found only in Puerto Rico, is endangered and has a total population of about 100 birds.
  • During migration, weather and geography cause these birds to concentrate into groups that number in the thousands. These large groups are referred to as “kettles.”
  • Research has shown that Broad-winged Hawks typically migrate about 4,300 miles, covering an average of 70 miles each day.
  • They live in Oregon.

Facts & Description:

1. The broad-winged hawk’s body is mostly brown and gray beak. 2. It’s a rather large bird. 3. It has brown eyes like humans do. 4. It flies without flapping its wings because it has a big wingspan. It does that to circle around and try to catch food. 5. The Broad-winged Hawk is a bird of prey. 6.The Broad winged hawk looks much like a Peregrine Falcon or a Golden eagle. 7. The Broad winged Hawk is one of my favorite bird of prey. 8. The Broad winged Hawk is 13-17 inches long. ~Faith Elise:)


About faithelise

I love learning about species of birds and want to be an Ornathologist. Writing about birds is my passion and I love every part of it!
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