Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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The Short-tailed Hawk is found throughout the tropics and subtropics of Central and SouthAmerica; it also breeds in Florida, in the United States. Within its wide latitudinal distribution the Short-tailed Hawk can be found in many forested habitats, from tropical lowland evergreen forest up to foothill forest at 1200 m. It is most often seen in soaring flight near edge habitats where it hunts primarily for birds; it soars up to 100-200 m in the air and then stoops for prey. In Florida, ninety-five percent of one individual’s prey items were Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) but it will even take smaller raptors such as American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) and Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus).

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
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Recommended Citation

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: