- 18.1–22.8 in
- 52 in
- 31–43.6 oz
- Buse à queue blanche (French)
- Gavilán coliblanco, Gavilán tejé, Aguilucho cabecinegro (Spanish)
- Unlike most Buteo hawks, the wing feathers of a perched adult White-tailed Hawk extend noticeably beyond the tail. A juvenile bird has a tail up to 15% longer than an adult, and its wing feathers barely surpass the tip of its tail.
- Occupying discontinuous breeding areas from southern Texas to Argentina, the White-tailed Hawk claims the widest latitudinal distribution (29°N to 44°S) of any Buteo and has successfully colonized several Caribbean islands.
Open country, primarily savanna, prairie and arid habitats of mesquite, cacti and bushes, very rarely in open forest.
- Clutch Size
- 1–4 eggs
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless and covered in down.
Population in Texas seems to be stable or increasing.
- Farquhar, C. C. 1992. White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus). In The Birds of North America, No. 30. (A. Poole, P. Stettenheim, and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, DC: The American Ornithologists' Union.