Found in the lower Rio Grande valley of Texas and in southeastern Arizona in riparian Forests, especially with cottonwoods and sycamores, and nearby open areas. It hunts from a low perch for insects and small vertebrates.
Juveniles differ from juvenile Broad-winged hawk in a longer tail, white rump band, and strong face pattern ( a bolder supercilium and dark eye line).
VOICE a drawn-out, high-pitched, descending wheeeeeeee; similar in quality to Red-shoulder Hawk, but call single, not repeated.
A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.
Like many birds of prey living in deciduous woods, Gray Hawks often line their nests with fresh leafy branches.