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Redtailed Hawk Daughter and Father 123911

Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
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New picture for 2012 season!

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Red-tailed Hawk Daughter and Mother 123522

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Adult Red-tailed Hawk 17369

This magnificent bird was observed at Bosque del Apache, NM in February 2006.  The western variety of the Red-tailed Hawk is very similar to, but slightly larger than, the eastern variety.  Judging from its size, this is probably a female.  Females tend to be about 25% larger than males. 
The New Mexico sky was so blue!

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Juvenile Western Red-tailed Hawk 17318

This juvenile was observed at Bosque del Apache, NM in the vicinity of the adult, above, and may be her offspring.  Immature red-tails can be readily identified at close range by their yellowish irises.  As the bird attains full maturity over the course of 3–4 years, the iris slowly darkens into a reddish-brown hue. The tail of the immature Red-tailed Hawk is patterned with with numerous darker bars.

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