Rough-legged hawk Buteo lagopus

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Dark phase adult:

Dark phase immature:

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The Rough-legged Hawk is quite variable with light and dark phases, male, female, and immature plumages. The broad, dark, subterminal tail band and black wrist patches are diagnostic. Northern Harrier has thinner wings and lacks white in the tail. Dark phase Ferruginous Hawk has white comma in the wrist. Harlan's Hawk has more mottling on the underparts and has a whiter upper surface of the tail.