Florida race in breeding plumage (Florida, USA; 2008-12-21)

Red-shouldered Hawk
Buteo lineatus

Native Range: North America

Notes: a large buteo of open forests and roadways; shows much geographic variation in plumage, with birds in Florida being much paler and grayer headed than those on the west coast of the USA; eats mostly rodents and lizards; little sexual dimorphism.

dorsal view; banded tail (Florida, USA; 2008-12-21)

side view; red shoulder patch in all races (Florida, USA; 2008-12-21)

in flight; translucent patches near wingtips (California, USA; 2007-06-03)

black and white banded tail (California, USA; 2007-01-21)

yellow legs and talons in all races (Florida, USA; 2008-12-21)

facial closeup (California, USA; 2007-07-27)

nest with nestling peeking out on left (California, USA; 2007-05-12)

western race adult posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2006-10-28)

close-up showing the reddish shoulder (Florida, USA; 2012-12-21)

posing for a portrait (Florida, USA; 2012-12-21)