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 - Swainson's Hawk
 - Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Marc J. Bechard, C. Stuart Houston, Jose H. Sarasola, and A. Sidney England
Version: 2.0 — Published August 16, 2010

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Figure 1. Distribution of Swainson's Hawk in North America. - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Figure 1. Distribution of Swainson's Hawk in North America.

This species winters principally in South America; see text for details. Rare in winter along the Pacific slope of Middle America north to Nayarit, Mexico. Very rare in winter in the southern United States outside Florida and California.

Recommended Citation

Bechard, M. J., C. S. Houston, J. H. Sarasola, and A. S. England (2010). Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.265