French: Buse à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzbussard Spanish: Busardo colicorto
Subspecies and Distribution
B. b. fuliginosus
P. L. Sclater, 1858 – SE USA (Florida) and Mexico (from Sinaloa and Tamaulipas) S to Panama; also Cozumel I (off NE Yucatán Peninsula, SE Mexico).
B. b. brachyurus
Vieillot, 1816 – Colombia S to NW Peru (Tumbes), E to Trinidad#R, the Guianas and Brazil (S to Rio Grande do Sul), and S through E Peru and Bolivia to Paraguay and N Argentina (Tucumán, Chaco, Corrientes, Misiones).
37–46 cm; male 450–470 g, female 425–530 g; wingspan 83–103 cm. Polymorphic, with pale and dark morphs. Compact-looking Buteo with... read more
A shrill, piercing scream, cackling and nasal calls have been reported, but generally silent except... read more
Fairly catholic in requirements. Tropical lowlands through foothills into subtropical zone; occurs... read more
Food and feeding
Few data available, except from Florida (USA). Mainly birds: 96·3% of prey in one study in Florida, mostly Red-winged Blackbirds (... read more
Poorly known. Laying Jan–Jun in Florida; nests Feb in Panama, Mar in Trinidad. Relatively large stick nest 60–70 cm wide and 30... read more
Florida population shifts to S part of state in winter, but apparently does not cross much water,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Nowhere very common, e.g. uncommon and thinly spread over Colombia; widespread but uncommon in Venezuela; rare in W Ecuador... read more
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