Little Black Hawk (dark phase)
Distribution / Range
Short-tailed hawks are found in the tropical and subtropical Americas from southeastern Brazil and northern Argentina north through Central America to northern Mexico, as well as in southern Florida, USA.
The Short-tailed Hawk measures about 16 in (40 cm) in length and has a wingspan of about 35 inches (90 cm).
There are two plumage phases:
The dark form or "black phase" is mostly found in Florida. They are blackish-brown both above and below, except for the tail and flight feathers which are grey barred.
The light phase is dark brown above and white below (except for the tail and flight feathers, which are grey barred with dark underparts are spotted with white).