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I saw this bird this morning in Chapel Hill, NC.  The photo is a long range shot, the best I could muster.  There have been Red-shouldered Hawks in the neighborhood lately, but I'm not sure this is one of them.  Although it's hard to tell from the photo, this was a fairly large hawk.

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I would call this a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk, due to the compact appearance, brown above, and blotchy markings below. I would think that Red-tails would have a pale chest and only a brown belly band. Red-shoulders would be slimmer, have bands on the secondaries, and would usually have more streaks on the lower belly. Even though I am suggesting a small hawk, size is difficult to judge from a far distance. 

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It's definitely not a Red-tailed with that kind of streaking on the upper breast and no belly band.  I think I'd agree with Broad-winged for the reasons akandula mentioned.

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