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    Broad-winged Hawk Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Broad-winged Hawks are small, compact raptors with chunky bodies and large heads. In flight, their broad wings come to a distinct point. The tail is short and square.

      Relative Size

      Slightly smaller than a Red-shouldered Hawk.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 13.4-17.3 in (34-44 cm)
        • Weight: 9.3-19.8 oz (265-560 g)
        • Wingspan: 31.9-39.4 in (81-100 cm)

    Regional Differences

    The rare dark morph of the Broad-winged Hawk is much more likely to be seen breeding in the western portion of its range and migrating through the eastern Great Plains and Texas. It is entirely sooty brown except for white bands in the tail.