Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Status in the Checklist Area - (1) Accidental

The smallest hawk of the Buteo genus which includes Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks. A mainly eastern raptor but is seen occasionally in the west mainly on migration in flight high in the sky. Hunts rodents and insects. Migrates south for the winter from Central America as far as southern Brazil.

Only one accepted record for the checklist area exist consisting of a bit of a surprise summer bird flying over some sharp-eyed hikers in the Chilliwack River Valley. This species possibly passes through the area annually in very small numbers but easily goes unnoticed. A higher altitude location that has good numbers of migrating hawks passing by overhead might be where the next bird is documented.

Similar species:
Our common Buteo hawks, especially the Red-tailed Hawk, can be variable in apperance. A suspected Broad-winged Hawk would be smaller, more pointed wingtips with pale underwings bordered by dark feathering. On adults, the tail pattern is fairly distinct.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
Sibley, D. (2000)

Noteworthy Data
September 8, 2010 Near Eagle Point Community Park, Harrison Mills M. Brown 2010 Observed, without binoculars, a small buteo fly over the Harrison River strongly suspected to be a Broad-winged Hawk. Observer had recently seen several on a trip to the northern part of the Province. Hypothetical record.
July 2007 Flora Lake Trail, Chilliwack River Valley B. and J. King 2007 Adult light phase circlng overhead. Photograph documentation.
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