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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens.[2] It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within its range. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America, typically weighing from 690 to 1600 grams (1.5 to 3.5 pounds) and measuring 45–65 cm (18 to 26 in) in length, with a wingspan from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 in). The Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, with females averaging about 25% heavier than males


Spotted in a regional park comprised primarily of eucalypus groves and a large open meadow.


This hawk appeared to be one of a pair.

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Nitch 10 years ago

love the shots... :)

Atul 10 years ago

lovely series!

DonnaPomeroy 10 years ago

Thank you for the nice compliments.

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Great capture!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Donna, I just love your photos! This one is great!

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

Beautiful! Great shots!

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San Mateo, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 18, 2012
Submitted on Mar 19, 2012

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