Soaring Hawks

Ferruginous Hawk

As the 'royal' Latin name suggests, this is the largest and heaviest hawk in North America. The Ferruginous Hawk is about midway in size between other buteo hawks and the Golden Eagle, which it resembles in body shape, diet, flight, and nesting…

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Red-shouldered Hawk

A medium sized buteo (soaring) hawk, the red-shouldered hawk is noticeably smaller than the more common red-tailed hawk. With strikingly barred black and white tail and wings, and chestnut chest and back, this hawk is relatively easy to identify.…

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Red-tailed Hawk

A large, stocky hawk with broad and fairly rounded wings, and a wingspan of about 4 ft. Plumage is extremely variable in pattern and amount of dark; at least 4 light morph (variety) and 3 dark morph subgroups have been identified, with color…

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Rough-legged Hawk

A large, long-winged, long-tailed hawk; females are larger than males. The Latin name means "rabbit-footed," as the legs are feathered completely down to the small yellow feet. The pattern and amount of dark is extremely variable in this species.…

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Swainson’s Hawk

This is a large, slender hawk of the western plains. The Swainson's Hawk is close in size and shape to the more common Red-tailed Hawk, but has longer, narrower, more pointed wings, and a smaller bill and feet. Three subgroups have been defined…

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