French: Petite Buse German: Breitflügelbussard Spanish: Busardo aliancho
near Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania, USA.
Six subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
B. p. platypterus
(Vieillot, 1823) – SC & SE Canada and E USA; winters in S Florida and from S Mexico through Central and South America to E Peru, N Bolivia and W Brazil.
B. p. cubanensis
Burns, 1911 – Cuba.
B. p. brunnescens
Danforth & Smyth, 1935 – Puerto Rico.
B. p. insulicola
Riley, 1908 – Antigua (N Lesser Antilles).
B. p. rivierei
A. H. Verrill, 1905 – Dominica, Martinique and St Lucia (C Lesser Antilles).
B. p. antillarum
A. H. Clark, 1905 – S Lesser Antilles (St Vincent, Grenadines, Grenada) and Tobago.
32–42 cm; male 310–400 g, female 389–460 g; wingspan 74–96 cm. Small, stoutish woodland Buteo; adult has brown upperparts and reddish barred... read more
Primary vocalization is a high-pitched, monotonous whistle of c. 2–4 seconds initiated with a... read more
Nests in contiguous deciduous and mixed coniferous-deciduous woodlands, often with open areas and... read more
Food and feeding
From spring to autumn, regularly takes more than 30 species of small mammals, from size of mouse to small rabbit; birds of at least 25... read more
Season Mar–Jul. Solitary. Carelessly built stick nest, usually in first main crotch of deciduous tree, or in conifer (sometimes in... read more
Highly migratory in North America, where entire population departs for winter, except birds in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common, with one estimate of more than 1,000,000 individuals in North America. However, in migration counts in Veracruz (E... read more
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