I captured this Ferruginous hawk during a raptor free flight demonstration at the Arizona Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ.
Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel XS D1000
Featured on 1/14/11
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.