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Red tailed hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

The most common & widespread hawk in North America, the red tailed hawk is a bird of the open country. It is frequently seen sitting on utility poles, where it watches for rodents along the roadside. This one has seen a meal and is ready to attack.

 

Size

45-65cms (18-26ins) Wingspan 114-133cms (45-52ins) Weight 690-1460g (24.4-51.5 ozs)

 

Sexes look alike, but as normal for birds of prey the female is larger.

  

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Taken on November 3, 2008