Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus), Paige Creek, Pima County
This Short-tailed Hawk was
found and photographed by Keith Kamper on 05 June 2017
Short-tailed Hawk has been expanding its range northward and increasing in Arizona for the last several years and it has bred. Most reports are of light morph adult birds from montane forest in the southern "sky islands."
There is an increasing number of reports from similar
"foothill" locations. There are very few reports of dark
morph individuals from the state.
juvenile. Brownish (head and most of body), small raptor
with speckled underwings, mottled body, darker solid
breast, banded tail, grayish secondaries, and especially
important is the large white patch on the basal half of
the outer primaries.. Three emarginated primaries are
inconsistent with other potential confusion species.
05 June 2017, photo by Keith KamperAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 23 June 2017