Red-tailed Hawk juve 2/23/18

The most common and my most photographed hawk is the Red-tailed. ┬áThe undertail is always light in Red-tails but you only see barring in the juvenile plumage, which also coincides with yellow eyes. Only adults have that rich cinnamon tail and only when you’re seeing the topside of it.┬áRed-tailed Hawks are probably the most variably plumed hawk species in North America, with both considerable variation between the 14 subspecies as well as between individuals within a subspecies.When perched like this or soaring, the dark belly band is a fairly reliable field mark for Red-tailed Hawks in the eastern US, but there are birds which are all dark-bellied and others that are all white-bellied, though both are more common farther west.

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