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Red Shouldered Hawk (juvenile)

Buteo lineatus


This hawk was eyeing my bird feeder this morning, but then flew off.


Adults have brownish heads, reddish chests, and pale bellies with reddish bars. Their tails, which are quite long by Buteo standards, are marked with narrow white bars. Red "shoulders" are visible when the birds are perched. These hawks' upper parts are dark with pale spots and they have long yellow legs. Western birds may appear more red, while Florida birds are generally paler. The wings of adults are more heavily barred on the upper side. Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks are most likely to be confused with juvenile Broad-winged Hawks, but can be distinguished by their long tails, crescent-like wing markings, and a more flapping, Accipiter-like flight style. This bird is often confused with the Red-tailed Hawk.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Thanks for all your comments FoTony.

FoTony 8 years ago

Beautiful! Love the second picture.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Done, ChristyHolland. I'll add my peregrine too.

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Project Noah has recently increased the boundaries of the mission "Raptors of Colorado" to include all of North America, and is now called (drumroll please!) "Raptors of North America". I would love it if you would consider adding this and any other raptor spottings (birds of prey) to the following:
Thank you!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks wildlifewatcher!

wildlifewatcher 9 years ago

Great shots Ava!

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Yes come to North County! :)

Hema 9 years ago

These like to be around a body of water. When ever I see one ,there is always a phoebe around.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks KarenP. I feel like most of my spottings are from my garden or neighborhood, which means I should get out of town more often and hike in the country!

KarenP 9 years ago

Excellent photos, love those spotting opportunities close to home.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks Cindy; i was luck in that she/he sat there for several minutes so I could run for my camera and get some snaps.

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Great shots Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks FrancisQuintana. He/she has a nest in a tree not to far from me but I need to borrow a better camera to get a picture of it, which I'll add here at some point.

AndreaBonomi 9 years ago

Good shot Ava,is very similar to our "buzzards "(Poiana in Italy).

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

I'm sure you're right KarenL; the little birdies who come to the feeder are more his taste. I wonder if he's ever considering the feral cats in my yard?

KarenL 9 years ago

I suspect he wasn't eyeing up the sunflower seeds! :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks so much, Liam!

Liam 9 years ago

It's a juvenile Red-shouldered, California subspecies.

Ava T-B
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Ava T-B

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 26, 2011
Submitted on Nov 27, 2011

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