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Broad-winged hawk

Buteo platypterus


Dark brown stripes on breast downward to legs and underside of wings. Dark brown/reddish coloring on upper-parts. Brown markings/mask on face. Yellow legs with black talons. It has a hooked beak that is dark in color with some yellow towards the face. (Juvenile)


I spotted this guy on the roof of a neighbors house where I live. Ref:


Thank you to everyone for your input! A special thanks to Robert and Saturniidaet! Please see the post of the adult to learn some interesting facts about these magnificent hawks! I have been seeing hawks in the area, but have not been able to identify them or get a great picture. This one is the best I have gotten so far. I think they are hunting in the area. I saw one, that did not look like this, in my backyard this week near my bird feeders. I can also hear them daily. Any help with an i.d. would be greatly appreciated! I'm very curious to find out what this bird is. I did a little research, but could not come up with an i.d.

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Thank you everyone for your help! I am still undecided. However, I am about to post another spotting of a hawk that has been coming daily to my backyard. I can hear it every morning, and I am wondering if this could be a parent to the one in this posting. Perhaps it will be of some assistance with identification for both! All input is greatly appreciated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Handsome bird. I would have picked B swainsoni imm.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

I also believe this to be a Buteo juvenile.

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Take a look at the Broad-winged Hawk. Its one of the smaller Buteos. It has a yellow bill terminating to black at the beak. It also has a dark stripe running down the face in front of the eye.

Thanks Saturniidae! I will look into the suggestion. I have never seen a Merlin. If it turns out to be a one that would be so cool!!

Saturniidae27 a year ago

Looks like a juvenile of an Merlin (Falco columbarius).

Hondo, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 11, 2020
Submitted on Jul 12, 2020

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