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(Redirected from Buteo platypterus antillarum)
Length: 34-44 cm (13.5-17.5 in); wingspan: 81-100 cm (31.75-39.25 in); weight: 275-560 g.
There is a rare dark phase morph.
 DistributionNorth America and the Caribbean, winters from southern USA to South America.
Migrates in large groups called "kettles" from Northern South America to the Eastern United States. Is often observed in large numbers during migration at "hawk watches" throughout the Eastern U.S and Canada.
There are 6 subspecies:
Whilst preferring deciduous forests, is also found in rainforests and second growth, river valleys and coastal sage scrub.
Most often hunts from perches taking various types of prey.
Their diet consists mostly of small mammals, birds, snakes and crocodile eggs.
They are solitary breeders and construct and untidy stick nest in the crotch of a pine or deciduous tree.
The voice is a characteristic whistle.
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