Merlin

Ferruginous Hawk Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Ferruginous Hawks are large Buteo hawks with relatively long wings and large heads. The wings narrow to form more pointed tips than is typical for other buteos.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Swainson’s Hawk; smaller than a Golden Eagle

    Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 22.1-27.2 in (56-69 cm)
      • Weight: 34.5-73.2 oz (977-2074 g)
      • Wingspan: 52.4-55.9 in (133-142 cm)