bwha-rsha comparison
  IWRC Raptor ID Series
       
 
Broad-winged Hawk
 
  Red-shouldered Hawk
   
     
  Adults        
 
orangish brown iris
    dark brown iris
           
 
top of wing uniformly brown
  black & white checked on top of wings
red on shoulder
           
 
broad light-colored
tail band
  narrow white bands on tail
       
 
narrow dark bars across the secondaries and inner primaries
  rufous barring on underside of wing
           
           
  Juveniles        
 
no reddish panel
in primaries
   reddish panel in primaries (spread wing)
           
  narrow dark bars across the secondaries
and inner primaries of underside of wing
  black and white bars
on underwing
           
 
malar mark on cheek
pale bluish spot on lower part of upper mandible
  no malar mark
whitish supercilium
           
 
Two types of tails:
1) narrow dark banded
2)similar to adult

Narrow dark banded type shown
  Narrow pale bands
           
           
  Fledglings        
 
   
           
 
malar mark on cheek
  no malar mark
whitish supercilium
           
  narrow dark bars across the secondaries
and inner primaries of underside of wing
  black and white bars
on underwing
           
 
red on wing, but no reddish panel in primaries
  reddish panel in primaries (spread wing)
         
           
           
  Nestlings        
 

Photo by Robyn Graboski
   
           
   

Photo by Robyn Graboski
 
Photo courtesy Carolina Raptor Center
 
         
           
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