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Taken 7/26/2020 , SE Idaho (Madison County)

It seems to me the hawk on the left would be a Swainson's Hawk due to the long tail feathers. At first I would assume the bird on the right would be as well. Besides not seeing the tail feathers there seems to be subtle differences. Male vs Female differences? Could the one on the right be a red-tailed hawk? I am guessing both are Swainson's Hawks but I thought I would check to confirm.  Thanks!

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Both are Red-tailed Hawks. Probably male on right, female on left. 

The darker "belly band" is typical of Red-tails. Light-morph Swainson's Hawks have a dark bib but an all pale belly. (However Swainson's Hawks are so variable, plumage-wise, that practically speaking in the field usually they are best identified by shape.)

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Agree with both red-tails. Am attaching a photo of a Swainson's pair showing the dark bib on the light morph. The long wings also help ID a Swainson's. Alex, what specifically do you mean by shape difference? Also attaching a photo of a pair of red-tailed hawks that look like yours.

Hawk Swainson's pair light and dark morph.JPG

Hawk red-tailed pair.JPG

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