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Broad-winged hawks are a southbound spectacle

Note the thick white bands visible on the tail of this broad-winged hawk.
Note the thick white bands visible on the tail of this broad-winged hawk.
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For those of you who have never seen one, a broad-winged hawk is best described as a small cousin of the red-tailed hawk. Both birds are members of a group of raptors known as “Buteos” (pronounced byoo-tee-ohs), which are characterized by their large, thick-set bodies; broad wings; and rounded, fan-shaped tails. While the red-tailed hawk’s most notable field characteristic is its red-orange tail, the broad-wing’s tail is marked with thick, alternating bands of black and ...


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