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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis
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Habitat: Open grasslands and mixed forests.

Description: Red tail and a dark ‘belt’ with a dark edge under the wing close to the body

Size: 117-147 cm wide; Males 46-58 cm long; Females 51-64 cm long

Diet:  Small mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Fun Facts: The Cross Conservation Area has the greatest amount of Red-tailed hawks in North America for its land size! They are the most common hawks seen in Alberta. They make a “Keeearrr” sound, which Hollywood likes to falsely use as an eagle sound in many movies.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing

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Rough-Legged Hawk
Buteo lagopus
They can be either light or dark.  Light hawks have a pale head and chest with brown streaks, with a dark brown band around its abdomen.  The dark birds are solid dark brown or black.
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