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Zone-tailed Hawk

Buteo albonotatus

Zone-tailed Hawk
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 20 in. (51 cm)
This hawk occurs far into South America in a wide variety of habitats, and in North America it is found from mountain forests down to lowland riparian areas and desert grasslands. It is typically solitary and soars with its wing tips held up in a distinctive broad "V"-shape that resemble a Turkey Vulture in flight. It regularly flies in among Turkey Vultures, and this similarity may help the hawk sneak closer to capture lizards, snakes and small mammals that have learned that Turkey Vultures are not dangerous. The nest is a large platform of sticks placed high in a tree crotch in a broad band of altitudes. The four-digit banding code is ZTHA.

Aerial
Aerial

Chaparral
Chaparral

Desert
Desert

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

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