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White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)
White-Tailed Hawk, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, Texas
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
WHITE-TAILED HAWK FACTSDescription
The White-tailed Hawk has gray head and back, white underside and reddish patch on the shoulder. The tail is white with a black band near the tip. Males and females are similar in appearance, although females are larger. Juvenile birds are dark brown with light patch on upper chest, and gray tail with fine bars.
length 46cm - 58cm. Wingspan 132cm.
Open country, savanna, prairie, arid scrub
eats rodents, small reptiles, frogs, insects, birds.
Large nest is made of twigs lined with dry grass, positioned in a tree or tall plant from 1.5m - 5m above the ground. Nest is added to each year and can reach 1m across. Lays one to three white eggs often spotted with brown.
The White-tailed Hawk is found in coastal Texas, Mexico, Central America to southern South America.
Relatives in same Genus
Short-tailed Hawk (B. brachyurus)
Red-tailed Hawk (B. jamaicensis)
Rough-legged Hawk (B. lagopus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (B. lineatus)
Gray Hawk (B. nitidus)
Ferruginous Hawk (B. regalis)
Swainson's Hawk (B. swainsoni)