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2 hours ago, FrenchgirlinTO2 said:

Is that a Hawk? Red-Tailed hawk?

All buteos have long wings whose tips fall very near (at, short of, or beyond) the tail tip when perched. All accipiters have short wings whose tips barely make it onto the tail, as in your bird. There are no other ABA-Area raptors that have wings anywhere near as short as accipiters.

Northern Harrier (juv male)

Golden Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Crested Caracara

Among ABA-Area raptors, Merlin is the only species that's even remotely as short-winged as are accipiters. However, their wing tips extend well beyond the midpoint of the tail, so the wing:tail ratio is good for distinguishing accipiters from all other ABA-Area raptors and Merlins from most or all other ABA-Area raptors.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tony Leukering said:

All buteos have long wings whose tips fall very near (at, short of, or beyond) the tail tip when perched. All accipiters have short wings whose tips barely make it onto the tail, as in your bird. There are no other ABA-Area raptors that have wings anywhere near as short as accipiters.

Northern Harrier (juv male)

Golden Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Crested Caracara

Among ABA-Area raptors, Merlin is the only species that's even remotely as short-winged as are accipiters. However, their wing tips extend well beyond the midpoint of the tail, so the wing:tail ratio is good for distinguishing accipiters from all other ABA-Area raptors and Merlins from most or all other ABA-Area raptors.

 

 

 

and so, what does that mean? sorry, not clear to me !

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