Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Breeds throughout eastern United States, from southern Canada to northern Florida. Most often seen in Virginia during fall migration when enormous "kettles" of Broadwings migrate south. Do not winter in Virginia.
Length 13-17 inches
Wingspan 32-39 inches
Weight 9-20 ounces
Woods; can be found in a variety of woodland habitat but often in deciduous woods.
Small mammals such as mice, voles and chipmunks; also frogs, snakes and lizards. Apparently also eats insects on its South American wintering grounds.
Usually still hunt from a perch such as an oak tree. Aggressive and vocal. Short, blunt wings and relatively long tail, for maneuverability. Strongly banded black and white tail in adults. Only raptor to migrate in flocks numbering up to thousands at a time.