IWRC Raptor ID Series
Red-Tailed Hawk Characteristics
belly band
(missing on some races)
patagial marks
rufous tail

belly band with cinnamon on chest
(missing on some races)
pale greenish or bluish-green cere
(turning yellow later in year)
numerous dark narrow bands that are all same width and narrower than lighter bands

Photos of adults and juveniles by Jean Chamberlain



patagial marks

Photo by Laura Murphy

Photo by Linda Hufford

Photo by Linda Hufford
grayish or tan eyes
greenish or bluish-green cere
large feet , thick toes
some have white patch on back of head
Note: the adult and juvenile photos shown on this page are of eastern Red-tailed hawks.
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