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 Similar species
Notice the wings on the flying bird have some similarity to Broad-winged Hawk. The coloration of the adult is fairly unique within the range except in Costa Rica where Gray-lined Hawk may overlap in the central or southern part of the country.
Found from southern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas through Mexico and Central America south to Costa Rica where this form is found in large parts of the Caribbean lowlands and south to at least Jaco on the Pacific side.
This is a monotypic species.
 Asturina vs. Buteo
Formerly placed in the monotypic genus Asturina. Riesing et al. (2003) presented genetic data indicating that Asturina is nested within Buteo. This reclassification is supported by virtually all authorities since then: Banks et al. (2006), AOU (2006 supplement), Clements (2007), SACC (2006). The Opus follows in this consensus.
Woodland and forest, but sometimes in more open habitats with scattered trees. Mainly in lowlands, but locally up to 1800 m (5900 ft). Generally fairly common, but rarer in its limited US range.
Feeds on a wide range of small animals, mostly reptiles, but also birds, rodents and insects.
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