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Roadside Hawk

Rupornis magnirostris

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Well-named, the common roadside hawk in tropical lowlands of East Mexico and Central America, scarce in West Mexico (where Gray Hawk is the common ‘roadside hawk’). Often seen on wires, phone poles, posts out in fields. Adult has staring pale eyes, streaked breast contrasting with barred belly. Immature streaked below, much like many other immature hawks, but its tail has broad and fairly even bands. Flies with rather quick, stiff wingbeats, recalling a Red-shouldered Hawk or an Accipiter; noisy flight display mainly in late winter-spring.

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