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Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


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.


Driving home from work the other day, I saw the white hawk in his tree again. Instead of missing this opportunity, I pulled over and snapped a few pictures. He happily sat there for me until some golfers came by and scared him away!

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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

good captures emily!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Beautiful shots!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Joshua and Janelle! He is a special bird! I need to visit his hunting grounds again and get some new pictures!

JanelleL.Streed 10 years ago

Very cool and incredibly beautiful, Emily!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago


EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Steve! He is an amazing bird!

Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 10 years ago


Joe D.
Joe D. 10 years ago

No problem. I find birds of prey so fascinating.

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you for the kind words jdiionna! He is an amazing bird!

Joe D.
Joe D. 10 years ago

Very cool sighting!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

His mate is a normal colored red-tailed hawk. My guess is that his offspring are partially leucistic!

A good friend of mine is a seasoned "birder" and has photographed him and other partially leucistic red-tails. Check out his web page for some examples:

KarenL 11 years ago

Wonderful series! What a beauty! Are his offspring normal colored or leucitic?

Mannyg77 11 years ago

Absolutely beautiful pictures!! He's amazing!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

How wonderful that you are able to follow the life of this unique bird!

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

Yes, he was hit by a golf ball! How appropriate!! I think his wing was broken. He was released back on the course! He should have a family again this year...we'll have to keep checking on him!! Do you know where the nest is?

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Christy, do you remember what he was admitted for? Next time you are leaving BOP, drive down to 104th and Sheridan and look for him and his mate! You've got to see him!

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

It was only about 3 years ago when he was at the foundation, but he was a model patient and healed quickly! If I remember correctly, he missed a summer of babies, but when he was released, his mate found him and they were seen together again a lot after that. Wish you had seen him close! ;-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

great shots Emily ! I can almost feel the wind in pic #3 !!

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

You caught him again!! He's as beautiful as ever!! Your shots are great Emily! I haven't seen him in the wild yet, but I hope to someday. ;-)

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Yes! two red feathers and a little brown spot on the back of his head! He's a cutie! He's supposedly an older bird (13-15 years old). He was also a patient at our rehab center years ago (way before I volunteered.) So he kind of has a neat story, since he was rehabbed and returned to the wild! He spends his "retirement" in a golf course community now. Go figure!

JoshMrozowski 11 years ago

I'm tempted to go to Colorado now to take some pictures of my own. Your so lucky.

Braelei 11 years ago

Oh my, he's gorgeous. What a special find. Are those two red tail feathers I see? Gives a nice quirk!

I'm jealous!

Dunia Ya Uzuri
Dunia Ya Uzuri 11 years ago

This is absolutely gorgeous! What a great spot. ♥

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Mar 13, 2012
Submitted on Mar 16, 2012

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