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Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis


With a wingspan pushing six feet - as tall as a man, the Ferruginous Hawk is the largest hawk in the world and is often mistaken for an eagle. Fortunately, they are also abundant, making them a spantacular sight to see. Before Bison in the west were eliminated, they partially built their nests out of bison bones. Traveling down from the north during winter, they find their homes in warmer climates, like in California.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Na definitely not just you! :) I was just mentioning that to someone else, except it was about the red-shoulder hawk. They almost seem like another species, it's crazy to me. "A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors" is a bit older but is definitely the best raptor ID guide out there. It can show you the differences in species between east and west coast.

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Wow, Ferruginous Hawks on the West of the continental divide look so different compared to the ones we see East of the divide. I was recently in AZ and they just appear to be built different...might just be me! Cool find!

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 22, 2014
Submitted on Jan 31, 2014

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