Central and west-central North America. Winters in the southwest United States.
Arid, open prairies.
Reddish-brown above, pale head, white below with rufous barring on flanks; wing-linings white with dark crescent and narrow chestnut patagial stripe; legs feathered to toes with heavily barred chestnut feathers; tail white, reddish near tip.
These hawks hunt by soaring high over open fields. They can be identified by the \\\'V\\\' formed by the dark colored legs held against their belly. They will abandon their nests quickly if they are disturbed.
Usually 2 - 5 eggs are laid and incubation lasts for 28 days. Incubation is performed by both sexes. Young usually leave the nest for their first flight 44 - 48 days after hatching.