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Red-backed hawk (Variable Hawk)

Geranoaetus polyosoma


The Variable Hawk is a polymorphic species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is widespread and often common in open habitats in western and southern South America. Adults of all have a white tail with a contrasting black subterminal band and grey wings barred dark (in flight from below, the remiges appear whitish with fine barring and a broad black tip). The remaining plumage varies from very dark grey to whitish, and some individuals have reddish-brown to the underparts. Females usually have a reddish-brown back, which males usually lack, although at least some males also have this

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Pucón, IX Región de la Araucanía, Chile

Spotted on Jul 10, 2012
Submitted on Jul 10, 2012

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