IWRC Raptor ID Series
Red-tailed Hawk Age Characteristics
 
   
 
Fledglings
Juveniles
 
Adults
 
(photo of emerging
tail needed)
 
 
     
narrow bands on tail
 
rufous tail molts in during second year
           
 
 
 
 
cinnamon on breast
(not all have this)
     
white breast
 
     
 
 
 
 
pale greenish or bluish-green cere
light gray/tan iris
 
cream iris in first-year birds,
 
yellow cere
light brown iris becoming dark brown in older adults
           
           
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