Swainson's Hawk

Buteo swainsoni

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

SWHA

Code 6

BUTSWA

ITIS

HEAD

Swainson's Hawk Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Gray or blue gray in Juvenal plumage; becoming palish dark brown in adults.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Brown
  • Forehead Color: Brown
  • Nape Color: Brown
  • Throat Color: Red-brown with brown streaking.
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Swainson's Hawk Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 48-51 cm (19-20 in)
  • Weight: 907 g (32 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: White with red-brown spots on belly and red-brown breast with brown streaking.
  • Upperparts: Brown
  • Back Pattern: Solid, Scaled or scalloped
  • Belly Pattern: Spotted or speckled, Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Swainson's Hawk Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Soars on thermals., Alternates series of powerful deep wing beats with long glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 117-147 cm (46-58 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Narrow gray bands with wide dark band.
  • Upper Tail: Gray with narrow bands.
  • Under Tail: Gray with narrow bands.
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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