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Red Shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus


Adults have brownish heads, reddish chests, and pale bellies with reddish bars. Their tails, which are quite long by Buteo standards, are marked with narrow white bars. Red "shoulders" are visible when the birds are perched. These hawks' upper parts are dark with pale spots and they have long yellow legs. Western birds may appear more red, while Florida birds are generally paler.


This hawk was outside my apartment. My buliding is backed up to a preserve with a lot of wildlife.

1 species ID suggestions


albertingram1982 6 years ago

Gracious !

pennymomof2 6 years ago

Thanks everyone! I will updated him. I was so excited!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Def a Red-shouldered, Nice spotting!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

I agree with Xiaoxuan, it's not a red-tail (the chest pattern is wrong) it's probably a red-shoulder.

XXD17 6 years ago

Looks more like a red-shouldered hawk...

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.08, Long: -82.76

Spotted on Oct 11, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2012


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