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Please help me ID this hawk, Missouri, USA

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Old Wednesday 7th January 2009, 03:20   #1
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Please help me ID this hawk, Missouri, USA

Could someone help me identify this hawk? I believe it is one of the Red-Tailed Hawks but looking in my bird books I can not match up the white eye, yellow legs, undertail coloring and bands.

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Old Wednesday 7th January 2009, 12:41   #2
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I think your bird is a Red-tailed Hawk, possibly the "Harlan's" race. (A bird which has not gotten the dark eye of a fully mature bird.)
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Old Wednesday 7th January 2009, 13:37   #3
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Thank you Larry. I appreciate the assistance. I sort of leaned toward the Harlan's Hawk, but my bird looked a lot darker than what I could find in any of my books. They all showed some white on the breast.

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