Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

We’re not 100% sure this is a Broad Winged hawk. Please let us know if we got it wrong.

Where Spotted: Westover Hills, Hollywood Cemetary, Maymont
Common Name: Broad Winged Hawk
Scientific Name: Buteo platypterus
Length: 13-17 inches
Weight: 9-20 ounces
Wingspan: 32-39 inches

Quick Facts (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

  • The only raptor to migrate in flocks numbering up to thousands at a time. These flocks are known as “kettles”.
  • Late Pleistocene fossils of Broad-winged Hawks, up to 400,000 years old, have been unearthed in Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
  • The oldest Broad-winged Hawk on record was a male, and at least 18 years, 4 months old when it was recaptured after sustaining an injury in Florida in 1987, the same state where he was banded in 1970.
  • Diet here in Richmond is small mammals such as mice, voles, and chipmunks; also frogs, snakes and lizards. Apparently also eats insects on its South American wintering grounds.

Priss at Richmond SPCA


Don’t hiss, meet Priss! This lovely lady wants you to know just how excited she is to meet you. She enjoys taking very long naps and waking up just in time for dinner. If you think she may be the one for you, come over to the Richmond SPCA to say hello!

Age: 5 years, 5 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black
Declawed: No
ID: 40784898

Adopt Priss at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about the adoption process.

Please note that the adoptable critter we’ve selected was available when we created the post the animal might not be available when you go to the facility.

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