IWRC Raptor ID Series
Rough-legged Hawk Characteristics


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small bill
light facial mask
feathered legs
small feet
long wings reaching tip of tail
wide, dark subterminal band on tail
Light & dark phases
light phase

Photo courtesy
Cascades Raptor Center
dark phase

Photo courtesy
Pat Fisher
There is a great deal of individual variation
in the plumage of light morph
rough-legged hawks.
dark brown iris
dark line over eyes
pale forehead mask
white facial mask
dark head & body plumage
large black carpal patches on underside of wings (not shown)

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