photo by Phil Swanson
L 9 1/2″ (24 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Nasal“‘peent,” usually heard at dusk.
Description: Long, pointed wings; and long, slightly forked tail. Bold, broad white wing bars across primaries visible in flight. Mottled brownish-black above; underparts are whitish with bold dusky bars. Male has white throat patch and white tail bar; female has buffy throat patch and lacks tail bar.
Behavior: Courtship display consists of aerial dives by the male ending in a loud, vibrant buzz.
Habitat: Open habitats such as grasslands and sparse woods. Also found in cities and suburbs, perhaps being more common near humans than anywhere else.
Where in Nebraska: Abundant spring and fall migrant and summer resident across the state.
Fun Facts: Despite it’s name, not actually related to hawks. Drinks in flight, skimming water surface with lower bill.