Living Bird Magazine
Zone-tailed HawkButeo albonotatus
- ORDER: Accipitriformes
- FAMILY: Accipitridae
A dark, tropical hawk, the Zone-tailed Hawk just reaches the southwestern United States in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.More ID Info
- Aguililla Aura (Spanish)
- Buse à queue barrée (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Zone-tailed Hawk is aggressive in the defense of its nesting territory, attacking animals as large as Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and humans.
- The Zone-tailed Hawk looks very similar in flight to Turkey Vultures, and it often flies with them. It has been suggested that the hawk is a mimic of the vulture and uses its similarity to sneak up on prey that would not hide from vultures.
- The oldest Zone-tailed Hawk recorded was over 4 years old.