- Length: 21 inches Wingspan: 50 inches
- Sexes similar
- Medium-sized, graceful, long-winged, long-tailed hawk
- Pointed wings
- Short, dark, hooked bill
- Long, deeply forked tail
- White head, neck, chest, underwing coverts, belly, and undertail coverts
- Slate gray back and upperwings
- Black tail and flight feathers
- Duller than adult with fine streaks on head and breast
- Shorter, less deeply-forked tail than adult
Bold black and white plumage make it unmistakeable.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
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