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Pattern could be a result of leucism, but Red-taileds are so variable I wouldn't be surprised if it was simple plumage variation. Harlan's dark morphs have a varying amount of white.

 

Tail pattern certainly favors Harlan's, based on my limited knowledge of their identification. Tarsi feathering is another feature commonly implicated in differentiation from Red-tailed, with Harlan's having more feathering on the tarsi.

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I'd go for Harlan's with the cold gray-black tones, white mottling, and heavy black subterminal markings on the otherwise unbanded tail.  Also in the take-off shot, I think there's a mix of rufous and black-mottled white on the tail, which is good for Harlan's.

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