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Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo Jamaicensis


Believe it or not, this nearly-all-white raptor is a red-tailed hawk! He is leucistic which is different than an albino. Leucism is a condition that inhibits melanin distribution in animals, to different degrees, and is genetic.


I have been trying to get a decent picture of her for almost a month now!

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29 Comments (1–25)

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

I agree mhosadurga!

mhosadurga 10 years ago


EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Jen.J!

Jen.J 10 years ago

This is absolutely gorgeous!! So glad you were able to get photos- and such great ones to boot!

lori.tas 10 years ago

Wonderful. We have a Grey goshawk in Australia, that in Tasmania that has an all white morph. It's the only all white normally occurring bird of prey.

SaffwanIshak 10 years ago

this is rare!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

He is indeed a rare bird, although he is not actually an albino, instead he is leucistic because he does have pigment in his eyes, cere, feet and some feathers. If you look at my other spotting of him, in the last picture you can see 2 quirky red feathers in his tail: Kind of neat!

Bird Nerd
Bird Nerd 10 years ago

An albino hawk! what a rare ouccurance!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thanks again, I've been meaning to go back and look for him to see if I can get some more pictures!

alin 11 years ago

What a beautifully colored hawk! Great shots!

Apple 11 years ago

I love bald eagles but I have never seen them hunt, must be a beautiful sight. I had no idea they would go after geese.

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

That is very cool Apple! I love watching them! I saw two bald eagles hunting geese last week. It was very cool to see how fast they can move in the air when they want to!

Apple 11 years ago

@Emily--yes, bummed for our squirrel but glad to hear that birds of prey are on the rise great to see them all over Michigan again

HeatherMiller 11 years ago

I read up on the leucistic on Wikipedia and the eye color and leg colors are the normal color in birds with this condition apparently. What an awesome spotting.

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thank you Emma! That was very kind! ...and Apple sorry to hear about your little squirrel friend! They are an incredible and fierce hunter that's for sure. They are so common here in Colorado that I never thought much of them until I started observing them more. Now, they are one of my favorite birds of prey!

Apple 11 years ago

Beautiful spotting! My husband just watched a red-tailed hawk this morning. He said it was flying around majestically and swooped down and took one of the squirrels right from the tree. He said at first he thought how cool and then he realized it was one of our favorite juvenile squirrels born in our yard this spring and then he was bummed. But he said regardless it was an awesome sight.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

amazing as usual Emily!!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thanks! I look for him almost every morning now!

KristaHerman 11 years ago

Wow, Emily great catch. He is so lovely.

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

(sigh)...we'll never know it all!!! ;-)

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Ya...Andrea corrected me..."she" is a boy! lol! Apparently his "normal colored" mate is much larger! I'm still learning! ;)

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

You got her!! Except if this is "MyHawk" that was at our facility, then SHE is a HE. I'm thrilled for you! Excellent series of shots!! I'm jealous too! ;-)

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thank you all!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Great series!

KarenL 11 years ago

Fabulous spotting! Such a beauty!

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jan 28, 2012
Submitted on Jan 29, 2012

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