Why is this page called Hawk Photos? Because Buteos are called Hawks in North American and Buzzards in the rest of the world. In North America, the term buzzard refers to Vultures. "True Hawks" are the Accipiters.
Buteos are characterized by long broad wings and large fan-shaped tails, which have evolved for soaring effortlessly, while scanning open ground for prey.
|Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) comparison of adult & juvenile tails||Red-tailed Hawk chicks (20-21 days old)||Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile by light eye color)|
|Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile by light eye color)||Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) (Eurasian Buzzard - chick 28-30 days old)||Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) chicks 21-23 days|
|Variable Hawk (Buteo polyosoma) (formerly Red-backed Hawk - recently lumped with Puna Hawk (B. poecilochrous)||Melanistic Red-tailed Hawk - Juvenile by light eye||Partial Albino Red-tailed Hawk - Adult by dark eye|
There are ten species of Buteo and two related Buteonine species that breed in North America (species listed below).
Parabuteo: Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
Buteogallus: Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus)
Hawaii has one endemic species of Buteo
Hawaiian Hawk (Buteo solitarius)
Central or South American species that occur in North America:
Road-side Hawk (Buteo magnirostris)(Can be seen in Southern Texas).
Variable Hawk (Buteo polysoma)
(formerly Red-backed Hawk/Buzzard)
Actually bred in Colorado paired with a Swainson's Hawk.
We highly recommend Wheeler and Clark's; A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors. It is by far one of the best for raptor ID with excellent photos and descriptions.
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