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This large buteo hawk can be up to 65 cm (26 in) long with a wingspan of up to 145 cm (57 in). Males are smaller than the females. There are many color variations across its wide range. Adults have the red tail feathers, which gives them their name. The bird in the photo is an immature bird.
Red-tailed hawks are very adaptable and are found in many different habitat types across its range, including grasslands, forests, and mountains.
This bird may be the same one I photographed earlier near this location and which is featured in an earlier spotting. Not sure though....
Spotted on Nov 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 11, 2012