A fairly small hawk with broad wings and long secondaries, giving a bulging outline to the trailing edge of the wing. Despite its common name, the tail is not particularly short compared to other buteos.
Larger than a Mississippi Kite, slightly smaller than a Red-shouldered Hawk; similar in size to Broad-winged Hawk.between crow and goose
- Both Sexes
- Length: 15.3-17.3 in (39-44 cm)
- Weight: 13.6-16.9 oz (385-480 g)
- Wingspan: 32.7-40.5 in (83-103 cm)