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Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus)
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GRAY HAWK FACTSDescription
The Grey Hawk has a light gray body. Birds from southern part of range have fine white barring, while birds from northern parts of the range are plain gray above. The tail is black with three white bands. The legs are orange, and bill is dark gray. Immature birds are brown above with buff streaks on the head and neck, white below spotted with brown, and have brown bands on the tail.
46cm - 61cm
open country and forest edges
feeds on lizards and snakes, also eats some small mammals, birds and frogs.
The nest is made of sticks and built high in a tree. Lays one to three white to pale blue eggs.
breeds in south western United States, Mexico, Central American, and South America to central Argentina.
Relatives in same Genus
White-tailed Hawk (B. albicaudatus)
Short-tailed Hawk (B. brachyurus)
Red-tailed Hawk (B. jamaicensis)
Rough-legged Hawk (B. lagopus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (B. lineatus)
Ferruginous Hawk (B. regalis)
Swainson's Hawk (B. swainsoni)