Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk
 The ferruginous hawk is a large hawk that lives in the central plains of the United States. They are the largest species of buteo, soaring hawks, living in North America. They are fairly easy to identify because of their size, large mouth, and their rusty red color. The color is where they get the common name ferruginous from. It is a variation on the Latin word ferrgin which means iron rust.
Ferruginous Hawk
The ferruginous hawk is one of only three diurnal raptors in North America that have feathers that reach all the way to their feet. The other two species, the rough-legged hawk and the golden eagle, have ranges that are further north or in higher elevations than the ferruginous. The breeding range of the ferruginous only extends into southern Canada with many of the birds breeding in the northern half of the range migrating to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico for the winter.


7 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful bird!

SamuraiFrog said...

Excellent pictures. I don't think I've ever seen this bird before, but I'm fascinated by how beautiful it is!

SamuraiFrog, ABCW

Adam Jones said...

Wow! I love those shots. What a beautiful bird!

fredamans said...

Stunning bird!

Roger Owen Green said...

nice nest!
ROG, ABCW

Mike said...

Beautiful hawk and great photos. Never seen one of those before!

Iowa Voice

BumbleVee said...

thanks...I didn't know why they were called that...meant to look it up and never got around to it....they are lovely.... looks like he is smiling....