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Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus


A fledgling hawk on the mixed coniferous/deciduous forest floor.


Forest near wetland and meadows.


I could hear a parent calling from some nearby trees.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Broad-winged Hawk
Buteo platypterus Broad-winged Hawk
RyanWarner 9 years ago
Red-Tailed Hawk Fledgling
Buteo jamaicensis Red-tailed Hawk

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ChristyHolland 9 years ago

A-ha!! That's the other hawk we don't have in Colorado...the Broad-Winged and the Red-Shouldered are not found here at all...glad you figured it out! ;-)
I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Really nice Fledgling!

CandyJ.Shirey 9 years ago

It's a Broad-winged Hawk as identified by the call of the parent.

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

I would say Red-Shouldered Hawk...doesn't look like a classic belly band or dark leading-edge of the wing...I won't say I'm positive though!!!

RyanWarner 9 years ago

i like how in the first photo it looks like he's trying to show off, like he's trying to prove he's ferocious and you should mess with him.

Very reminiscent of a Red-Tailed Hawk Fledgling, that white patch directly behind it's upper mandible and those big yellow legs and feet not to mention it's coloration.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

How cute!

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Amherst, New Hampshire, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2012
Submitted on Jul 20, 2012


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