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Red-tail Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis carulus


The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens.[2] It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within its range. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America, typically weighing from 690 to 1600 grams (1.5 to 3.5 pounds) and measuring 45–65 cm (18 to 26 in) in length, with a wingspan from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 in). The Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, with females averaging about 25% heavier than males[3] (Wikipedia)

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Liam 9 years ago
Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis carulus Red-tailed Hawk

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Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 9 years ago

Thank you so much!

Liam 9 years ago

Sharp-shinned Hawks are much smaller than this, with longer tails and thick streaking on the breasts (juveniles; adults have rufous chests). The large size and belly band make it a Red-tailed Hawk, the belly band is distinctive. The pale eyes and barred, brown tail are indicative of a juvenile individual.
Great shot!

Steve Lenz
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Steve Lenz

Oregon, USA

Spotted on Apr 28, 2012
Submitted on Sep 28, 2012


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