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Harlan's Hawk

Harlan's Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis harlani)

Description:

The Harlan's Hawk is thought to be a sub-species of the Red-tailed Hawk. This very dark form has a marbled white, brown, and gray tail instead of a red one. It is so distinctive that it was once considered a separate species, until ornithologists discovered many individuals that were intermediate between Harlan's and more typical Red-tailed Hawks. This bird (identification not certain) was photographed along the Auto Tour Route, River "S" Unit, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, in December 2005.



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3 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Beautiful guard..!!

sttweets
sttweets 7 years ago

I love the story of this picture,... "do not enter!"

Sam5
Sam5 7 years ago

Beautiful bird. It's not a red-shouldered hawk most likely a harlan's hawk

Washington, USA

Lat: 45.81, Long: -122.74

Spotted on Dec 26, 2005
Submitted on Jun 30, 2011

Reference

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