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Red Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


Length 22", Wingspan 4'2". Head back and wings dark brown; upper chest white; tail pale orange below, dark rufous above. Seen from below, underwing mainly white, with dark leading edge under shoulder and black crescent beyond wrist. Immature, duller, more streaked; tail not rusty. Perches in trees.


Woodland edges, isolated trees in fields


Often mobbed by crows, redwings, gackles, kingbirds. Voice is down slurred squeal: kee-rrrr.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 7, 2012

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