To make it easier to picture the red tailed hawk and the roadside hawk in the wild, browse the images below.
Red tailed hawks (buteo jamaicensis) are one of the most common hawks in North America, can be found soaring over open fields or perched on high vantage points around them, from Alaska and Northern Canada in North America down to Venezuela in South America and the Virgin Islands.They inhabit all types of open habitat and migrate only in their upper range with the advent of snow cover that makes locating prey difficult.
The roadside hawk (rupornis magnirostris or buteo magnirostris) can be found from northern Mexico down through Central America and into South America east of the Andes to Argentina. It prefers the forest edges of tropical lowland forests,deciduous forests and deserts, primarily second growth scrub.
Eye of the Raptor
The red tailed hawk is one of the largest of the hawks. This one had been injured and was recuperating in the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Florida.
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