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

 
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
   
       
Nestlings
       
 

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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