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Red-Tailed Hawk

This is the most widespread and familiar large hawk in North America, bulky and broad-winged, designed for effortless soaring.

 

An inhabitant of open country, it is commonly seen perched on roadside poles or sailing over fields and woods.

 

Although adults usually can be recognized by the trademark reddish-brown tail, the rest of their plumage can be quite variable, especially west of the Mississippi: Western Red-tails can range from blackish to rufous-brown to nearly white.

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Taken on April 16, 2017