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Red-shouldered Hawk (juvenile)

Buteo lineatus


This smallish hawk was perched on an agave efflorescence near my bird feeder perhaps looking for its next meal.


Whether wheeling over a swamp forest or whistling plaintively from a riverine park, a Red-shouldered Hawk is typically a sign of tall woods and water. It’s one of our most distinctively marked common hawks, with barred reddish-peachy underparts and a strongly banded tail. In flight, translucent crescents near the wingtips help to identify the species at a distance. These forest hawks hunt prey ranging from mice to frogs and snakes. (


Interestingly, we have red-shoulders in the city, which may speak to the maturity of the "urban forest" here.


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Thanks, Ashley!

AshleyT 6 years ago

An Accipiter (cooper's or sharpie) would be much more slender than this bird, this is an immature red-shouldered. Another dead give-away is the tail. Sharp-shinned at any age don't have white bands on the tail; they have a brown tail with dark bands.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Thanks, kdpicturemaker!

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Great specimen shots.

Jellis 7 years ago

We have Sharpies here but I've yet to photograph one yet that and Purple Finch.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Thanks beaker98!

beaker98 7 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Thanks Jerry! It was pretty petite so I think we are right.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Thanks, JerryMorrow. So you agree with my ID? I'm never quite sure with juveniles.

Ava T-B
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Ava T-B

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Dec 6, 2013
Submitted on Dec 22, 2013

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