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Buteo from Texas

posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Friday, November 1, 2013 

I was sent photos (link below) posted on the Texas bird list of a buteo from the other day to look over. Several people had commented already on it, and the ID's ranged from juvenile Ferruginous, Ferruginous x Red-tail Hybrid, Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk, and Krider's Red-tailed Hawk. The bird is still being discussed and debated and several people are trying to get more photos to positively identify it. Since I sometimes avoid getting into discussions on birds like this for several reasons, I will comment here on it. 

It is not necessary to aquire more photos of the bird, it is fully identifiable as an adult Krider's Red-tail from the photos gathered. But nicer photos in the future would be nice to look at anyway. Note the whitish head, unmarked underside, very faint rufous patagials, and the pinkish tail. Adult male Krider's especially can be this pale and unmarked. Also, the shape is perfect for Red-tail and there is nothing to suggest Ferruginous, hybrid, or light Harlan's. Anyway, just thought I'd post this here for anyone interested...

http://hansonnaturephotography.smugmug.com/Nature/Texas-Birds/17293655_vKBNQB#!i=2869969019&k=Z82n6dV
3 Comments:
Anonymous Marc B. said...

Jerry

A report on the Texas list claims the Krider's that some debate was about is a 4 year old bird. How is it possible to age it as such?

November 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Hello Marc

I suspect you are suspicious of that...there is no accurate way to age that bird as 4 years old from those photos. And thanks for the comment.

November 2, 2013 at 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Matt Finch said...

I agree, Kriders redtail.

December 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM  

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