Merlin

White-tailed Hawk Identification

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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.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 18.1-22.8 in (46-58 cm)
    • Weight: 31.0-43.6 oz (880-1235 g)