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White-tailed Hawk


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A stocky hawk of open to sparsely wooded, arid regions, the White-tailed Hawk is found from southern Texas to South America. Its white tail with a black band near the tip is unique amongst North American hawks.


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Adult Description

Medium-sized to large hawk. Gray head and back. White underside. Rufous patch on shoulder. Tail white with black band near tip.

Immature Description

Juvenile dark brown on upperparts and head. Chest and belly mostly dark. Variable light patch on upper chest. Tail pale gray with numerous fine, indistinct bars; may have dark band near tip.

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Similar Species

  • Ferruginous Hawk also has whitish tail, but lacks dark band and dark inner primaries.



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