Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How Can We Tell Our Red-Tailed Hawks Apart?

Alula and Jamaica are both red-tailed hawks, and part of our winged ambassador staff at The Raptor Center.  Obviously, staff and volunteers need to know how to tell them apart from one another.  They are very close in weight; today, only about 5 grams difference!

Can you do it?

Can you see the difference in the "belly bands?"  These are the dark feathers right at about the "belly" area.  Alula's is a bit more defined and continuous, and Jamaica's is a little less defined. 

How about the feathers right above the eyes?  Alula's "brow" is again just a little more defined in almost a line.

Anything else you can see?

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