Young Red-tailed Hawk, Perched

F.A. Moore

Newport News, United States

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Oil painting
5 × 7 inches.
Scanned: 600 dpi

Oil painting of the most common Buteo in North America, a Red-tailed Hawk. Young Red-tailed Hawks, like the one in this painting, are identified by their yellow eye. Lighter colored hawks are more predominate in Eastern North America. Adult and young have a black leading edge on the wings and spade-shaped belly marks.

Red-tailed Hawks are large hawks with typical Buteo proportions: very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail. Their voice is a harsh, squealed, ‘keeeer’. They are typically about 19 inches long, but females are larger. They attack in a slow, controlled dive with legs outstretched.

I have shown this hawk at the edge of the woods, perched, eyes fixed to the ground, perhaps having spotted a rabbit, vole, or even a snake.


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I live in an area with lots of hawks and eagles, including bald eagles, which consider the area hunting grounds, even in the suburbs with woods and water both close by. My hawk is a little wilder and darker than the the Light morph young adult, Red-tailed Hawk, which Jim photographed, and kindly allowed me to use as a resource.

Resource photograph by outstanding wildlife photographer, Jim Cumming, by permission, through the stimulating SoJie 15 bird painting workshop.

Red-tailed Hawk – Perched
by Jim Cumming

Thank you, Jim, for the inspiration of your beautiful Red-tailed Hawk photograph!

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