Redtail Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis.|
This hawk has a wingspan over four feet, with broad, rounded wings and variable plumage. Some adult eastern Redtails have a band of dark streaks on whitish underparts; dark bar on leading edge of underwing, contrasting with paler wing linings. They have reddish uppertails and paler red undertails, with a variety of mottling on their shoulders that contrasts with a dark mantle, sometimes forming a V in perched birds. Immature Redtails have gray-brown tails with black bands and brown streaks and spots below. The live in woods with nearby open land. The generally prey on rodents, and have a distinctive piercing call, a descending 'keeeer'.
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