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Hawk ID Edmonton Alberta Canada (1 Viewer)

redtail7

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Hi Guys
Need some help with this bird, could it be a juvie red tail. I dont remember ever seeing the top of the tail.
Thanks in advance for the replys-Redtail7
 

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cavan wood

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I think that is an intermediate to dark type swainson's hawk. It lacks the dark bar on the leading edge of the wings, has primaries extending the length of the tail and has light undertail coverts. But my experience with swainson's is limited. Also the white face is very swainson like.

Scott
 

Jim M.

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Hi,

I believe this is a Swainson's Hawk. An adult intermediate morph, which Wheelers describes as the "all-rufous type". Red-tail does not have a morph with this type of coloration AFAIK.

Beautiful photos by the way.

Best,
Jim

[EDIT: Posting at the same time as Scott--he gives a good analysis.]
 
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