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Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey. It breeds throughout much of of North America, from Alaska and Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within its range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America and generally weighs from 690 to 1600 grams (1.5 to 3.5 pounds) and measures 45–65 cm (18 to 26 in) in length, and has a wingspan from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 in). The Red-tailed Hawk females are about 25% larger then their male counterparts. El halcón de cola roja (Buteo jamaicensis) es un ave de presa. Se reproduce en gran parte de América del Norte, desde Alaska y Canadá hasta el sur de Panamá y las Antillas. Los gavilanes colirrojos pueden aclimatarse a todos los biomas dentro de su rango. Es uno de los mayores miembros de la Buteo género en América del Norte y, en general pesa de 690 a 1600 gramos (1,5 a 3,5 libras) y mide 45-65 cm (18 a 26 pulgadas) de longitud, y tiene una envergadura de 110 a 145 cm (43 a 57 en). Las hembras halcón de cola roja son aproximadamente un 25% más grande que sus homólogos masculinos. O falcão Vermelho-atado (Buteo jamaicensis) é uma ave de rapina. Produz em grande parte da América do Norte, do Alasca e do Canadá para tão a sul como Panamá e nas Índias Ocidentais. Vermelho-atado Hawks pode aclimatar a todos os biomas dentro de sua escala. É um dos maiores membros do género Buteo na América do Norte e geralmente pesa de 690 a 1600 gramas (1,5 a 3,5 libras) e mede 45-65 centímetro (18 a 26 cm) de comprimento, e tem uma envergadura de 110 para 145 cm (43 a 57, em). As fêmeas falcão Vermelho-atado são cerca de 25% maiores que os seus homólogos masculinos.


This bird was sighted on the same day, I was able to spot, greater prairie chickens, many species of duck, sandhill crane, whooping crane, many song birds, American Bald Eagle, and finally Osprey. To say I had a grand day of birding and making some captures of them is in understatement. I have posted my spottings of the Osprey I made this day, and of the Greater Prairie Chicken from a few weeks prior.

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williefromwi 8 years ago

thank you Satyen

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Awesome bird and info!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Sí que está imponiendo, Harsuame

harsuame 8 years ago

Imponente genial rapaz

williefromwi 8 years ago

East End aka Lorelei, Earlier that morning I was out with two friends as we watched and photographed the mating rituals of the Greater Prairie Chicken ( an endangered, or threatened species ). I was driving to another area, with my friends, when we saw this hawk sitting on a post. The rest they say is history. I was able to pull off this capture. I was blessed that day with both seeing the GPC seeing this RTH, and later seeing and making some Osprey captures. It was a day I will not soon forget, because of so many birds spotted, and so many very nice photos of them as well.

Gorgeous! How did you get the hawk to pose for you? LOL

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you so much for the compliment Gerardo

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Fantastic shot :)

williefromwi 8 years ago

I am glad you like my attempt to capture the utter beauty of this red-tail Snowy.

CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

WOW! Wonderful photo!

KarenL 8 years ago

Sounds like it was indeed a memorable day! I'm sure a lot of users don't appreciate the amount of patience & perseverance it takes to be able to take such amazing bird photos!

williefromwi 8 years ago

They are fairly common where I live as well, but it is rare to be able to get a capture of one where you can show details like I have here. They are very wary of humans and will fly off way before you can get close enough for a camera capture. April 12th is a day, I will not soon forget. I was blessed with many very nice captures that day. My osprey spotting I posted yesterday was taken later that same day.

KarenL 8 years ago

The red-tails are really common here in middle Tennessee but I still get a thrill every time I see one of these magnificent birds! Lovely photo William!

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Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Apr 12, 2012
Submitted on May 9, 2012

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