Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

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Light morph

Large buteo with broad wings that are pointed at the tips. In flight the head appears rather large. Light morph birds have white belly with rusty feathered legs that form a V above the white tail.

Dark morph

A small percent of the population is dark brown to chestnut above and below with a white tail. In flight, primaries and secondaries are also white. Note feathered legs.

Light morph

Flies on broad wings with narrow tips. From above note white streaks in primaries, pale tail, chestnut back, and big-headed look.

Light morph

Flies with stiff, shallow wingbeats. Light morphs are very pale below with chestnut back and pale head.

Dark morph

The rarer dark morph has a chestnut belly and inner wing linings. The tail and flight feathers are white.

Light morph

Often seen on the ground where it hunts gophers, ground squirrels, and rabbits in grassland, prairie, sagebrush steppe, scrubland, and pinyon-juniper woodland edges in western North America.

Recommended Citation

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/ferhaw