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#1 sfischer2250

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:15 PM

I just saw this incredibly sight - I know they are red-shouldered hawks but is the one on the left the juvenile? It seems it has gotten more color since the last time I saw it but its head is still whitish. It is so much smaller than the "mom."

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

Where are you? Tleft bird has to be an adult -- juveniles are brown and streaky below (in Southern California, they're more like adults, but still show streaky breasts and browner heads). If you're in Florida, that looks like a classic individual of the extimus subspecies.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:50 PM

Sorry - I am in Central Florida. We had a rs hawk nest and one baby. I saw him about a month ago and he had the streaky breast. I wasn't sure how old the young one is before they get the rust colors.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:57 PM

Juvies get their adult plumage in their second year, I believe. I would bet that this is a mated pair - male on the left, the larger female on the right.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:28 PM

Juvies get their adult plumage in their second year, I believe. I would bet that this is a mated pair - male on the left, the larger female on the right.

That was my thought; Mr. & Mrs.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

Thanks all!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:59 PM

Agree with mom & pop RS Hawks.
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