posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Saturday, August 24, 2013
I was out with Mia and Ron a few weeks ago and we happened upon this dark adult Ferruginous Hawk. Dark Ferruginous are uncommon compared to light-morphs, but what I really wanted to point out is that most dark Ferruginous are rufous in color underneath like the first picture here. Young ones are usually darker rufous-brown than adults in color but still rarely appear black like the second photo. Another neat thing about Ferrug is that they often are either dark or light (bottom photo) even when the parents are one dark and one light-morph. A bird such as Red-tailed Hawk often shows a plumage in between dark and light when the parents are 2 separate morphs.
If anyone has photographed a black one, please share the pics with me via e-mail, and let me know if you'll allow me to post one here.
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