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Swainson's Hawk

Buteo swainsoni

Description:

Swainson’s Hawks are buteos, meaning they are large hawks with fairly broad wings and short tails. However, Swainson’s Hawks are less hefty than many other buteos. They are slimmer and longer-winged, with their wings typically held in a shallow V when soaring. Though they can be quite variable, most Swainson’s Hawks are light-bellied birds with a dark or reddish-brown chest and brown or gray upperparts. They have distinctive underwings with white wing linings that contrast strongly with blackish flight feathers. Most males have gray heads; females tend to have brown heads. Dark individuals also occur; these vary from reddish to nearly all black, with reduced contrast on the underwings.

Habitat:

Open Prairie and Farmland

Notes:

Finally got out with one of my favorite birding companions for a truly epic day of spottings! This sweet Swainson's Hawk and his mate started off our morning!

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2 Comments

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Thanks! This might be my favorite shot of the day! Now I have to finish all my other pictures!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Love it!!

EmilyMarino
Spotted by
EmilyMarino

Brighton, Colorado, USA

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

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