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Seen late this afternoon south of Council Bluffs, IA.  I've seen both dark morph Rough-legged Hawks (RLHA) and Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks (RTHA) in this area over the last several weeks.  I think this one is a dark morph Harlan's (buteo harlani) Red-tailed Hawk. What do you guys think?



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The white mottling looks like Harlan's to me, since I think an intermediate-morph juvenile Western would have more white on the breast than the belly.  However, I'm not sure the three outer primaries are banded enough, which I think they should be in a juvenile Harlan's.  I imagine Harlan's is more common in Iowa that intermediate Western?

Nitpick: The first letter of a genus name is always capitalized, and if you consider Harlan's a subspecies of Red-tailed (as the AOS does), it gets three names, so the scientific name is Buteo jamaicensis harlani.

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