Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ferruginous Hawk

All photos by the unflappable Ned Harris
All info from, yes,
Their Ferruginous Hawk page has a photo from Ned : -) 

Ferruginous means rust-colored, and refers to the reddish back and legs of light-morph birds (which are more common than dark morphs).

Found in prairies, deserts, and open range of the West, the regal Ferruginous Hawk hunts from a lone tree, rock outcrop, or from high in the sky. This largest of North American hawks really is regal—its species name is regalis—with a unique gray head, rich, rusty (ferruginous) shoulders and legs, and gleaming white underparts. A rarer dark-morph is reddish-chocolate in color. Ferruginous Hawks eat a diet of small mammals, sometimes standing above prairie dog or ground squirrel burrows to wait for prey to emerge.

Raptor Free Flight at ASDM

Acrylic painting by Ellen Green

My very own offspring painted this Ferruginous Hawk from a photo taken at the Raptor Free Flight.

A story of theft from the archives of Living Bird magazine...

Juvie Ferruginous Hawk
Ned took this photo during a banding program he took part in.
That's all, folks!

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