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Swainson's Hawk

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2005

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni): has long, narrow, pointed wings and extremely variable plumage. Normally has dark bib and whitish to pale buff underparts. This possibly 2nd year hawk was spotted resting on the power pole in the Central Valley. Most adult Swainson's hawks will winter in South America. The Swainson's Hawk was named in honor of the early 19th century English ornithologist William Swainson [1789-1855].

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Here is the adult Swainson's Hawk in flight

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001

Juvenile Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni): The speckled chest is a characteristic of the immature Swainson's hawk. You can see that this hawk is currently molting and has lost many feathers. This hawk was spotted soaring in the Central Valley.

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Adult Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni): Note the adult plumage in comparison the the juvenile above.


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