Friday, September 30, 2016

Birds on a Wire: Ferruginous Hawk

Back to the series on Birds on a Wire, we come to the Ferruginous Hawk.

The beautiful Ferruginous Hawk unfortunately is "Threatened." Estimates suggest less than 4,000 pairs left in the US.

It is found on prairies, deserts, and open ranges, hunting in wide open spaces either from a lone tree,  soaring high in the sky, or even on the ground by prairie dog burrows.  

Their diet includes rabbits, squirrels, prairie dogs, with the occasional reptile or bird.

Here is a photo taken at Santa Cruz Flats in Arizona:

Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk

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