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Taken at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ this weekend during the first Raptor free flight of the season.
Taken at Silverbell lake in Tucson,Az
This unusual species of deserts,brushy savannah, and arid woodlands is closely related to buteos and Common Black-Hawk. Unlike other American raptors, they breed year round.
Often forming polyandrous groups (2 males,1 female). Known also to form communal groups of 4-5 members. The young from previous broods will take care of the nest as well as defend it when needed. Hunting collectively for larger rodents such as hares & gophers.
Once called the Bay-winged Hawk, it has distinctive chestnut, black and white feathers that make it a favorite among falconers.
VOICE A strange, grating, nasal eeehhhhhhhh similar to a caracara