Meet the Birds
Broad-winged Hawk: Buteo platypterus
Broad-winged hawks are very unique raptors. Every year they migrate over 4,000 miles to Central and South America in large groups called "kettles." As they move through the narrow mountain ranges, locals call them the river of raptors. Costa is named after Costa Rica, which is one of only a handful of countries with resident Broad-winged Hawks. Costa hatched is the late spring of 2013 and ended up at the Carolina Raptor Center in July of 2013 as an orphan with a damaged right foot. He had to have his 3rd digit partially amputated and the 4th digit is non-functional. He joined the 4-H Center in late June of 2014.