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Saw this hawk in the Sacramento Valley today and am wondering what it is.  Not sure is it's a Red-tailed, Cooper's or another variety.  Please help.

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This is a Red-shouldered Hawk - it seems too small and slender to be Red-tailed, has black and white barring on the tail and flight feathers, shorter tailed than a Cooper's.

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Red-shouldered Hawk.  Note the black (or dark brown in this case) and white barring on the secondaries and tail, and the dark eyes.  Red-taileds have shorter tails and lack the bold tail and wing patterns.  Cooper's have longer tails with wider gray or brown bands, yellow to red eyes, and they also lack the bold wing pattern.

Edit:  AlexHenry's correct.  Took me a while to type this!

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