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Broad-winged Hawk -
(Buteo platypterus)



  • Medium-sized hawk of the woodland
  • Brown above, reddish below
  • Tail has broad dark and light bands
  • 16" (41 cm.)


  • Forests, woodlands

Additional Information

  • Abundant migrant, common summer
         resident northern WI, uncommon
         summer resident farther south
  • Has been found on the KVR in breeding
  • Call is a high thin whistle on one note
  • Eats toads (WBBA)
  • Sometimes migrate in large soaring flocks
         known as "kettles"

Comparable Species

  • Red-tailed Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk perched in tree

Broad-winged Hawk on a branch


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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