Red-shouldered hawk Buteo lineatus


Identification Tips:

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Immature:

Similar species:

Young Red-tailed Hawks can resemble young Red-shoulders, but lack the pale crescents in the outer wing and have a quite different shape, being much broader-winged, broader-tailed and often soaring with more of a dihedral. Adult Broad-winged Hawk is similarly patterned but lacks red shoulders, lacks pale translucent crescents, has black and white bands on tail of even width and a crisp black border to underwing. Immature Broad-winged is quite similar but can be distinguished by the same tail pattern criteria that is useful for adults. In flight note the lack of translucent pale crescents in wings, as well as the quite different shape: Broad-winged Hawks are very broad-winged and short-tailed, while Red-shouldered Hawks have long, narrow wings that flare out at the rear edge and have longer tails.

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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