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Common Black-Hawk, Arizona (1 Viewer)

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Caught this bird this morning NE of Phoenix. It is a Common Black-Hawk. I need to know if this picture is definitive for the species. Alternative I think maybe a Harris's. Can't count the bird unless I can get independent confirmation. Thanks.
 

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Caught this bird this morning NE of Phoenix. It is a Common Black-Hawk. I need to know if this picture is definitive for the species. Alternative I think maybe a Harris's. Can't count the bird unless I can get independent confirmation. Thanks.

I 'Bird' with Matt and took this shot of the same bird. The field ID was Common Black-Hawk but our rules are that there must be photo confirmation.
Time sequence of the two cameras confirm that this is the same bird... We sync the camera timers prior to each bird outing.

This shot(s) shows a different view... perhaps enough for an ID.

Fraser
 

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I was hoping for a simple, black vs brown, or white band on the tail rather than the rump.

I guess neither comment can be made.(?)
 
Broad white band on tail and narrow white terminal band on tail and 6 fingers on outer primaries look good for CBH. See plates 207 and 208 in Wheeler's Western Edition.

Bob
 
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From what I can tell it looks exactly like a Common Black Hawk.
We don't have them here and I've never seen one, but I did some research and it seems that is what you have. I read that they can come off as a vulture and I can see why people say that.
 
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