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    Ferruginous Hawk Identification

    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

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      • 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)