The Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) inhabits from North America to West Ecuador and North Argentina. Its natural place is in largely forested areas, also in open country with scattered trees and patchy woodland. Its measures are 41 cm (16 inches) in height and 480 g in weight.
Adults are above dark brown, with white forehead and lores. They have 2 phases. In the pale phase the underparts are white. In the dark phase, they are below dark brown to blackish. Its cere and legs are yellow. They feed on birds, lizards, and snakes.