Ferruginous hawk Buteo regalis

Identification Tips:

Light morph adult:

Light morph immature:

Dark morph adult:

Dark morph immature:

Similar species:

Red-tailed Hawk is similar in light morph but typically has belly band, patagial mark, different tail pattern and lacks rufous leggings. White-chested appearance is otherwise distinctive. Dark morph adults are separated from other dark morph buteos by pale, unmarked flight feathers, white comma in underwing coverts, dark undertail coverts and tail pattern. The feathered legs are shared only by Rough-legged Hawk but are difficult to see well.