Looks like a red-tailed hawk or maybe a Ferrug....does it have rope attached to its feet? If so thats never a good sign, let us know who has this bird and the condition that it is in. Did they find it? Raise it? What are they feeding it? It needs to be taken to a rehabber asap.....
I donno something about it just doesn't ring right for 'redtail.'
Immie ferrugie possibly or a dark phase swainson's? Your location would really help.
The bird doesn't look like it's in particularly good condition and if those yellow ropes are what are attached to the bird's feet that's definitely a risk. This bird should be taken to a rehabber or have the local wildlife enforcement come and check on its living conditions.
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Post by borderhawk on Jul 12, 2009 14:18:01 GMT -5
Well, it's definitely not a ferrug as they are booted, meaning they have feathers all the way down the legs to the feet. I don't see any semblence of the telltale belly band of a Redtail. It would be nice to see a picture of the tail to be sure, but if it's a juvenile then the tail wouldn't mean much anyway. The grey eyes are telling me it probably is a juvenile. I'm guessing your in Mexico judging by the background in the pics, and I'm thinking both ShortTailed Hawks and Swainsons Hawks are a good bet, but I can't find any good pictures in my books of juvenile Short tails. It could also be a juvi Blackhawk, but my books show those with blue cere's not yellow. I would suggest doing a search on those three and see what you come up with.
And, by the face profile and thickness of the tarsus, I'll have to lean towards female.
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2009 14:18:44 GMT -5 by borderhawk
Agh Borderhawk you're right totally forgot about the feathered tarsus for the ferrugie.
I'm seeing kind of the white 'starburst' around the cere and beak that I've seen on swainsons but I'm not familiar with a short-tail. If you look at the first pic you can kind of see the tail and it's VERY light.
I just looked up a few pictures of a short-tail and they all seem a lot darker than this guy...or girl.
Here's a couple pics of an immy swainson...a bit lighter on the belly in the first but quite a few similarities. Yellow cere for sure.
Well, it's definitely not a ferrug as they are booted, meaning they have feathers all the way down the legs to the feet.
And the mouth isn't big enough. Ferrug 'lips' end almost behind the eye.
I don't see any semblence of the telltale belly band of a Redtail.
Not all RTs have a belly band or necklace.
I'm guessing your in Mexico judging by the background in the pics, and I'm thinking both ShortTailed Hawks and Swainsons Hawks are a good bet
Light-phase juvie Swains usually have large spotting (not streaking) on the chest, and it's pantaloons aren't streaked. There's way more contrast in their color than in the pics shown here. Juvie Shorts (light phase) don't have the rufous/brown chest streaking either.
It could also be a juvi Blackhawk, but my books show those with blue cere's not yellow.
And it's missing the juvie's dark face with buff-colored supercilium (eye brows) and cheeks.
I'm sticking with RT - rufous phase - for the second picture. I dunno, to me, it almost looks like the first pic isn't the same bird as in the second pic. First one has a tawnier head than its darker body, second bird looks more uniform - streaky throughout (maybe the bird's just wet?) And the third pic is so poor...
and please help me, another pic, maybe it will help
and i am intersted in raising this bird i loved it.
by the way i am making jesses and prech and the other equipments of the falconer, but i am finding some difficulity in making a hood that fits my bird, i made one but it was clear that the hood does not fit its head,, ahhhh i don`t know what kind and size