Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis harlani), Parker Valley, La Paz County
This Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk
was discovered by David Vander Pluym and Lauren Harter
just south of the Ahakhav Tribal Preserve in the Parker
Valley on 30 October 2012. The bird was very skittish
and hard to photograph, typical of this taxa. It was photographed by David Vander Pluym on 30 October 2012
Rare winter visitor to Arizona, but probably regular
in small numbers. May be under-reported due to
difficulty in separating it from more common subspecies
of Red-tailed Hawk.
Adult bird due to dark trailing edge to the wing.
Whitish tail therefore eliminates other subspeceis of
Red-tailed Hawk. Blackish color and white markings
on breast are also characteristic of harlani.
Wrong shape for superficially similar dark morph
30 October 2012, photo by David Vander PluymAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 01 November 2012