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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Buteo lineatus
POPULATION: 1.6 million
HABITAT: Deciduous or mixed forests, often near clearings and water; swamps.
The Red-shouldered Hawk is named for its reddish upper wing coverts, or shoulders. The lineatus in its name means “striped” in Latin, referring to its black-and-white-banded tail and finely barred reddish breast. Another distinctive field mark: translucent wing crescents, or “windows,” near the base of the wingtips, visible when the bird soars or glides overhead.
This attractive raptor is smaller and slimmer than the more widespread Red-tailed Hawk, almost resembling an accipiter such as the Cooper’s Hawk.