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Location: Piute Ponds, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.1W, elev=2,285' MAP
Date: March 8, 2009
ID : 7C2V5803 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Rafael Grasslands, AZ
GPS: 31.4N, -110.6W, elev=4,712' MAP
Date: March 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V6121 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Davis, California
GPS: 38.6N, -121.7W, elev=25' MAP
Date: December 9, 2012
ID : B13K1176 [4896 x 3264]

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Red-tailed Hawk (w/Common Raven)
 
 
Location: Torrance (Madrona Marsh), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.3W, elev=78' MAP
Date: November 13, 2011
ID : B13K9983 [4896 x 3264]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Municipal Golf Course, Santa Barbara, CA
GPS: 34.4N, -119.7W, elev=240' MAP
Date: January 2, 2016
ID : B13K9991 [4896 x 3264]

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Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Gray Lodge, Sacramento, California
GPS: 39.3N, -121.8W, elev=69' MAP
Date: December 9, 2012
ID : B13K1099 [4896 x 3264]

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Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Naperville, IL
GPS: 41.7N, -88.2W, elev=669' MAP
Date: November 27, 2009
ID : 7C2V4733 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -117.1W, elev=1,426' MAP
Date: August 19, 2010
ID : 7C2V1665 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Wupatki Natl Monument, AZ
GPS: 35.5N, -111.4W, elev=5,143' MAP
Date: November 29, 2008
ID : 7C2V2328 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk (Rufous Morph)
 
 
Location: Healdsburg, CA
GPS: 38.7N, -122.9W, elev=167' MAP
Date: January 18, 2009
ID : 7C2V3612 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lompoc, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.6W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 12, 2009
ID : 7C2V3845 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lompoc, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.6W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 12, 2009
ID : 7C2V3849 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lompoc, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.6W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 12, 2009
ID : 7C2V3858 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: High Island, TX
GPS: 29.6N, -94.4W, elev=24' MAP
Date: August 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V2068 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -117.1W, elev=1,426' MAP
Date: January 19, 2012
ID : B13K3446 [4896 x 3264]

Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sisquoc, CA
GPS: 34.9N, -120.3W, elev=597' MAP
Date: July 12, 2009
ID : 7C2V9925 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sisquoc, CA
GPS: 34.9N, -120.3W, elev=597' MAP
Date: July 12, 2009
ID : 7C2V9926 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=50' MAP
Date: December 8, 2008
ID : 7C2V2564 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Redondo Beach (Alondra Park), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.3W, elev=41' MAP
Date: January 12, 2008
ID : 2198 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Portal, AZ
GPS: 31.9N, -109.1W, elev=4,759' MAP
Date: December 13, 2007
ID : 7693 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Portal, AZ
GPS: 31.9N, -109.1W, elev=4,759' MAP
Date: December 13, 2007
ID : 7701 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Los Olivos, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.1W, elev=832' MAP
Date: August 5, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's Hawk)
 
 
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
GPS: 22.9N, -109.9W, elev=16' MAP
Date: September 2, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Los Olivos, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.1W, elev=832' MAP
Date: April 10, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 1113 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 1105 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 1122 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 1092 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 2609 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 2627 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 2629 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 2630 [3888 x 2592]

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Red-tailed Hawk Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 1096 [3888 x 2592]

Red-tailed Hawk Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sea and Sage Audubon Raptor Banding, CA
GPS: 34.8N, -118.4W, elev=2,618' MAP
Date: January 13, 2008
ID : 1116 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium-sized bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk." It breeds almost throughout North America from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range.

It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America, weighing from 690 to 2000 grams (1.5 to 4.4 pounds) and measuring 4565 cm (18 to 26 in) in length, with a wingspan from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 in). The Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, as females are 25% larger than males. Red-tailed Hawk plumage can be variable, depending on the subspecies. These color variations are called morphs, and a Red-tailed Hawk may be light, dark, or rufous.

The Red-tailed Hawk is successful in large part because it tolerates a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, coniferous and deciduous forests, tropical rainforests, agricultural fields and urban areas. It lives throughout the North American continent, except in areas of unbroken forest or the high arctic.It is also legally protected in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

The Red-tailed Hawk is a popular bird in falconry, particularly in North America. Approximately 60% of all raptors under 1 year of age taken from the wild for use in American falconry are Red-tailed Hawks. The Red-tailed Hawk also has significance in Native American culture. Its feathers are considered sacred by some tribes, and are used in religious ceremonies.

A male Red-tailed Hawk may weigh from 690 to 1300 grams (1.5 to 2.9 pounds) and measure 4556 cm (18 to 22 in), while a female can weigh between 900 and 2000 grams (2 and 4.4 pounds) and measure 5065 cm (20 to 26 in) in length. As is the case with many raptors the Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, as females are 25% larger than males. The wingspan is from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 in).

Red-tailed Hawk plumage can be variable, depending on the subspecies and the region. These color variations are morphs, and are not related to molting.

The western North American population, B. j. calurus, is the most variable subspecies and has three color morphs: light, dark, and intermediate or rufous. The dark and intermediate morphs constitute 1020% of the population.

Though the markings and hue vary, the basic appearance of the Red-tailed Hawk is consistent. The underbelly is lighter than the back and a dark brown band across the belly, formed by vertical streaks in feather patterning, is present in most color variations. The red tail, which gives this species its name, is uniformly brick-red above and pink below. The bill is short and dark, in the hooked shape characteristic of raptors. The cere, the legs, and the feet of the Red-tailed Hawk are all yellow.

Immature birds can be readily identified at close range by their yellowish irises. As the bird attains full maturity over the course of 34 years, the iris slowly darkens into a reddish-brown hue. In both the light and dark morphs, the tail of the immature Red-tailed Hawk are patterned with numerous darker bars.



                                     




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