Common Black Hawk Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A full-bodied raptor with very broad wings, wide tail, heavy, hooked bill, and thick, long legs with large talons. The broad wings create a shape in flight that is distinctive among U.S. raptors.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Red-shouldered Hawk, slightly smaller than a Red-tailed Hawk.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.9-22.1 in (43-56 cm)
      • Weight: 27.9 oz (790 g)
      • Wingspan: 46.1 in (117 cm)

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