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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo Jamaicensis

Description:

Red-tailed Hawks are large hawks with typical Buteo proportions: very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail. Large females seen from a distance might fool you into thinking you’re seeing an eagle. (Until an actual eagle comes along.) Most Red-tailed Hawks are rich brown above and pale below, with a streaked belly and, on the wing underside, a dark bar between shoulder and wrist. The tail is usually pale below and cinnamon-red above, though in young birds it’s brown and banded. “Dark-morph” birds are all chocolate-brown with a warm red tail. “Rufous-morph” birds are reddish-brown on the chest with a dark belly.

Habitat:

Open Prairie and Farmland

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1 Comment

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Nice shots! I love the back wing on the pic where he's launching...kinda cool! ;-)

EmilyMarino
Spotted by
EmilyMarino

Brighton, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 14, 2014
Submitted on Jul 15, 2014

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