Buteo platypterus - Broad-winged hawk:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Accipitridae / Buteo / Species

This section is currently predominantly used in Wildpro to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. Although it identifies that taxonomic interrelationships of species (see "header") it does not currently contain detailed information on the bird species itself. As WILDPro is developed, we will gradually convert these pages into full Species pages.

The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

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Distribution General Range: Eastern North America, West Indies; Winters to South America (B89)
Habitat Breeding - Dense deciduous and mixed forest; occasionally in open woodland, often near water (B193)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly small mammals, sometimes birds, reptiles and insects
  • feeding behaviour - Swoops


  • location and structure - platform nest in Deciduous tree, sometimes coniferous
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 2-3 (1-4)
  • broods - 1 brood
  • incubation - male and female, female more than male; 28-32 days


  • development - Semialtricial 1; Immobile, downy, eyes open, fed
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 35 days


Published Guidelines linked in Wildpro
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