swha-rtha comparison
 IWRC Raptor ID Series  
             
 
Swainson's Hawk
   
Red-Tailed Hawk
             
  Adults          
 
wings nearly reach tip of tail

Photo by Sallie Reynolds
   
Photo by Jean Chanberlain
wings shorter than tip of tail

 
darker bib
(intermediate morph)

Photo courtesy
Cascades Raptor Center
   
Photo by Jean Chamberlain

belly band
(missing in some races, see regional differences page)

lacks patagial markings

Photo by Sallie Reynolds
   
Photo by Jean Chamberlain
patagial mark
on underside of wings

3 outer primaries
emarginated (notched)

Photo by Sallie Reynolds
   

Photo by Jean Chamberlain
4 outer primaries
emarginated (notched)
           
Juveniles
       
 

wings almost reach tip of tail

(Photo needed)

   
Photo by Jean Chamberlain

wings shorter than tip of tail


  brown spots on chest

Photo by Sallie Reynolds
   


Photo by Jean Chamberlain

belly band

 
lacks patagial mark

Photo by Sallie Reynolds
   
Photo by Jean Chamberlain
patagial mark

 
3 outer primaries
emarginated (notched)
(photo needed)
   
Photo by Jean Chamberlain
4 outer primaries
emarginated (notched)

     
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