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Red-tailed hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Description:

Large hawk with white feathered legs

Habitat:

Near a forest

Notes:

Looks like a red-tailed hawk. Photographed with prey

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3 Comments

rydenc17
rydenc17 3 years ago

Thank you for the info!

Doren B
Doren B 3 years ago

Here is an interesting reference for dark forms of the Red-tailed Hawk.

https://www.aba.org/birding/v36n5p500.pd...

Doren B
Doren B 3 years ago

Yes, this is a Red-tailed Hawk and it is one of the dark forms of this species, which can be highly variable in its coloration. The red tail is, of course, distinctive to the species, but another identification aid is the two areas of white mottling along the back which merge into a V-shape.|

Nice spotting!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 3 years ago

You are correct! This is an adult Red-tailed Hawk. Go ahead and update your spotting so the common and scientific names are in the appropriate spots. :-) Here is a good link with information: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-...

rydenc17
Spotted by
rydenc17

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.29, Long: -83.72

Spotted on Nov 3, 2016
Submitted on Dec 3, 2016

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