Short-tailed Hawk

Other Names

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.

Description

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).

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Short-tailed Hawk

Short-tailed Hawk

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alabama
arizona
florida
michigan
new mexico
texas
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
broad-wings
Habitat
Forests
Grasslands
Color
brown
white
Body Shape
hawk
Size
medium
Order
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
kites, eagles and hawks - accipitridae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species