Red-tailed Hawk

Western Subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk

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While staying south of Tucson, Arizona we had an opportunity to watch two Red-tailed Hawks cruise around the countryside.  Note how much darker the leading and trailing edges of the wings are than the Eastern subspecies are.

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Love this flying shot! I would think that the lighter color would be better for the bird as not to absorb heat in the warmer climates. But I’m sure mother nature has her reasons.

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