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Trevor L.

RT Hawk ssp. - Wentzville, MO

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Wondering if anyone could determine the subspecies of this one. A couple weeks ago.

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I think this is a Red-tailed Hawk.

Edit Sorry that is not what your asking.

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1 minute ago, Kevin said:

I think this is a Red-tailed Hawk.

Edit Sorry that is not what your asking.

You’re all good lol

Made me laugh; no offense

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I think the white throat and relatively light markings below suggest Eastern, but I'm no expert and I'm not sure those criteria are 100% reliable.  (There are people who argue that there are only two subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk in the U.S. and Canada: typical and Harlan's.)

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8 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Looks fine for juvenile borealis.

Thanks for that catch. There are only two "age classes" so there's no real need for immature when talking about Red-tails, right? Just juvenile and adult. Is it the same with accipiters?

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21 minutes ago, akiley said:

Thanks for that catch. There are only two "age classes" so there's no real need for immature when talking about Red-tails, right? Just juvenile and adult. Is it the same with accipiters?

Actually, "immature" is still a valid age for both buteos and accipiters, but only during the transition between juvenile and adult, thus with a mix of feather generations and pattern.

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