Birds of Colombia

    ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks, Eagles)  
Genus: Buteo (7 species, 29 worldwide)

Genus Buteo are hawks with longer wings and shorter tails than Accipiter hawks, and are more suited for hunting outside the forest, and for soaring.

White-throated Hawk
White-throated Hawk (Buteo albigula)

Zone-tailed Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus)
Arizona, United States  
Photograph by Andy Reago     Copyright and usage info

Zone-tailed Hawk
Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus)
Lagunillas, Guerrero, Mexico  
Photograph by Stephen J. Davies   © All Rights Reserved.

A black hawk that may confuse prey by looking similar to a [Black Vulture].

Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) Male

Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus fuliginosus) Female
  Dark morph.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Rare/Accidental
United States  
Photograph by Tim Lenz     Copyright and usage info

A large 'buteo' hawk common in North America. Found as resident and migrant in various locations in Central American and the Caribbean.

Grey-lined Hawk
Grey-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus pallidus)
Photograph by João Sérgio Barros F. de Souza   © All Rights Reserved.

Grey-lined Hawk
Grey-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus) Immature
Rio Claro Canyon Reserve, Colombia  

Broad-winged Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia  

Northern migrant. A medium-sized hawk that is relatively common and often returns yearly to the same spot. Broad-winged hawks migrate in 'kettles' of many hundreds, sometimes with [Turkey Vulture]s or [Swainson's Hawk]s.
From below.
Perched, from back.
A Broad-winged Hawk joins a [Northern Harrier] who has an [American Kestrel] pinned to the ground. A rare photo of three raptor species in one frame.

Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Arizona, United States
  An 'pale morph' adult male with a dark chest, the most common plumage. Others are all brown (dark morph) or brown with rufous belly (reddish morph) (HBW).
Photograph by Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith     Copyright and usage info

Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) Immature
Saguache County, Colorado, USA
  An immature missing the dark chest.
Photograph by Calibas     Copyright and usage info

A large migratory hawk that migrates south, sometimes in groups of hundreds. From the ground compare to [White-tailed Hawk] but note long pointed wings, and additional thin bands on tail that might be hard to see from ground.

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