Length: 10 – 14 inches
Wingspan: 20 – 28 inches
Weight: male: 82 – 125 gm, female: 144 – 208 gm
This hawk is a typical short-winged forest accipiter, with a long square tipped tail. Adult males and females have similar coloration; upperparts are bluish and underparts are rufous to tawny buff with variable barring. The tail has broad gray bars. Eyes are red. Immatures are dark brown above and pale below with heavy streaking. Eyes are yellow.
The bird is named because its tarsi are thin and flat.
addition to some silent perched feeding attacks, often catches its avian prey by sudden rapid bursts of speed along woodland routes, plucking the surprised bird from its perch within a tree or bush. Other food includes small mammals, frogs, lizards and insects. This hawk often has specified feeding posts, usually near its nest.
stick platform lined with bark or greenery. Usually, found 12 - 30 feet above the ground in small stands of pines or deciduous woodland. Clutch is 4 – 5 eggs in U.S.; 2 – 3 in Caribbean. Breeding may occur in first full year.