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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

 

The red-tailed hawk is considered the most common hawk species inhabiting North America and isn’t difficult to spot - slowly circling over open fields or perched atop telephones poles alongside roadways. Their plumage varies considerably between different regions: the Harlan’s race, typically found in Alaska and northwest Canada, is completely dark and the Krider’s race, common to the Great Plains, is pale with a faded-pink tail. The red-tailed hawk commonly hunts small mammals such as voles, mice, ground squirrels and rabbits - and may occasionally prey upon other birds, snakes and carrion.

 

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Taken on September 7, 2017