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Hi everyone, 


I think this is just a juvenile Red-tailed hawk.  However, I guess there is a chance it may be a Red-shouldered or a Broad-winged hawk.  Any suggestions?


Location: Northern Illinois

Date: Today

Habitat: Farmland, mixed forest nearby. 

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This is a one-year-old -- note the mix of incoming adult tail feathers and remaining juvenile tail feathers. Also note that it has a very pale eye, something that juvenile/immature Red-shouldereds almost NEVER show; their eyes are relatively dark, even as youngsters.

Another couple features to distinguish RTHA from RSHA that work well in the East, but not at all well in the West are the malar area and the throat.


Edited by Tony Leukering

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Thank you both!


Wow, Tony, this is excellent information and thank you for the great resource.  It is very appreciated, and will be useful, I'm sure! 

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