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Red Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Description:

Saw 2 of these on the way home from the coast today. Both were easily 3 or 4 times bigger than the usual sized red tailed hawk we saw just up the road. Mistook her for an eagle until we were close enough to see her colors!

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Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis Red-tailed Hawk


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3 Comments

Michelle Parish
Michelle Parish 7 years ago

Thank you both... I thought I was nuts thinking a hawk could get this big!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

I agree with AshleyT! Definitely a RTH! Females can get pretty large and are often mistaken for eagles from a distance. She's a pretty girl. I love her belly band - it looks like lace!

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

This is still a red-tailed Hawk. The spotted belly band is a pretty good indication for them. Some female red-tails can definitely be the size of eagles, I bet that's what these larger ones were!

Michelle Parish
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Michelle Parish

Oregon, USA

Spotted on Mar 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 3, 2013

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