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red tailed hawk (juvenile) at airport 2_USDA | by USDAgov
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red tailed hawk (juvenile) at airport 2_USDA

USDA Wildlife Services scientists have conducted numerous studies to identify the wildlife species of most risk to aviation, which helps airport managers target management methods and strategies. Of the 11,364 bird strike records and 79 bird species studied, red-tailed hawks (pictured), Canada geese, turkey vultures, pigeons, and mourning doves pose the greatest risk (i.e., frequent and damaging collisions) to aircraft across the United States.

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Taken on November 17, 2016