Ferruginous Hawk ~ It's Good!!!! by Kimberly Chadwick
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Raptor Free Flight Demonstration at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Tucson, Arizona
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Ferruginous Hawk

The largest N. American buteo, they have an almost aquiline presence; large0billed and heavy headed, wide-bodied and full-winged, it might be mistaken for an eagle, especially in the rarer dark morph.

This species if restricted to dry open habitats,
especially deserts and grasslands, where it hunts small mammals from the air or on a low perch. More than most buteos, ferruginous Hawks spend a lot of time on the ground.

This species is distinctive in all plumages, showing very white remiges (with dusky tips)and a pale rectrices from below.

VOICE a very high, thin, piping wheeee-errrrr, descending, with a somewhat plaintive quality.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.
  • Before the elimination of bison in the West, their nests were often partially constructed of bison bones and wool.
  • The common name of the Ferruginous Hawk means “rusty color” and refers to the coloration of the bird’s wing and legging feathers.
  • They nest in trees and on the ground. For some unknown reason, tree nests tend to have a greater number of eggs per clutch than ground nests.

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Comments

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly !!!

  • Thank you Sir, I do appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 4 years ago

    nicely caught

  • Thank you George very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you Barbara!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4almost 4 years ago

    Stunning shot Kimberly!

  • I do so appreciate that, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin very much!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtalmost 4 years ago

    This one is just stunning! I love it. Well done Kimberly!

  • Thank you Sherry so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Great capture of the landing !

  • Thank you Trish!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jim Sugrue
    Jim Sugruealmost 4 years ago

    awesome shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you so much Jim!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    February 14, 2010

  • OMG!!! Teresa, thank you so very much. Your recognition makes me smile, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoalmost 4 years ago

  • What a thrill!! Thank you so very much!!!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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