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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis (Gmelin, 1788)

Description:

As is the case with many raptors, the red-tailed hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, as females are up to 25% larger than males. As is typical in large raptors, frequently reported mean body mass for Red-tailed Hawks are somewhat higher than expansive research reveals. Part of this weight is highly seasonally variable and due to clinal variation, male red-tailed hawks may weigh from 690 to 1,300 g (1.52 to 2.87 lb) and in females between 900 and 2,000 g (2.0 and 4.4 lb).

Habitat:

Its preferred habitat is mixed forest and field, with high bluffs or trees that may be used as perch sites. It occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, coastal regions, mountains, foothills, coniferousand deciduous woodlands, tropical rainforests, agricultural fields and urban areas.

Notes:

Taken during this years Christmas Bird Count in Cache Valley.

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dane.a.hep
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dane.a.hep

Providence, Utah, USA

Spotted on Dec 17, 2016
Submitted on Dec 24, 2016

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