Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hawks: Part VIII

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The Red-tailed Hawk is the most abundant and conspicuous of all the raptors. It can be found year round throughout the lower 48 states and Mexico. Some will summer in Canada and Alaska.

Both its population and range are increasing as it has become accustomed to human development. Estimates are 2.3 million worldwide.

They hunt both from perch and from flying, searching for small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

There are several variations in plumage based on region; also light and dark phases within a region.

In Nest with chicks

Young Chick fallen from nest

Dark Phase

Dark Phase

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