IWRC Raptor ID Series
Red-tailed Hawk Age Characteristics
(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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  Photos by Jean Chamberlain
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