"Angel wings" Ferruginous Hawk

Sherry Pundt

Tucson, United States

Artist's Description

I captured this Ferruginous hawk at the Arizona Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ.
This is one of my very first captures taken with my new camera.

Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel XS D1000

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The Ferruginous Hawk (ferruginous = from Latin ferrum – iron, ferrgin-, iron rust, iron-rust color – reddish-brown), Buteo regalis (Latin, royal hawk), is a large bird of prey. It is not a true hawk like sparrowhawks or goshawks, but rather belongs to the broad-tailed buteo hawks, known as “buzzards” in Europe. An old colloquial name is “Ferrugineous Rough-leg”,1 due to its similarity to the closely related Rough-legged Hawk (B. lagopus).

This species is a large, long-winged hawk of the open, arid grasslands, prairie and shrub steppe country; it is endemic to the interior parts of North America. It is used as a falconry bird in its native range.

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