Rough legged Hawk

Rough legged Hawk

Range:

Northern and western United States to British Columbia. These birds are paleoarctic with them sometimes wintering in Utah.

Habitat:

Open grasslands and forest edges.

Characteristics:

Body dark brown above and below, usually shows a lot of white at base of primary feathers; tail pale, dark at end. Sometimes streaked with spotted white and brown. Eyes brown to yellow. Yellow legs feathered to toes. Two distinct color phases are seen, a light and a dark

Rough legged Hawk
Behavior:

This common broad-winged hawk is often seen on top of telephone poles along Utah roads. Hunting from a high perch or soaring over open fields, they are very valuable for controlling rodents in farming areas. Often hunts at dusk.

Reproduction:

2-7 white, blotched or brown streaked eggs are laid and incubated for 28-31 days. Incubation is usually done by the female. The young leave the nest about 41 days after hatching.

Rough legged Hawk
Native Utah Animal
Range
Class: birds
Genus: Buteo
Species: lagopus
Length: 19-24 inches
Weight: Male weighs 1-2 pounds, Female weighs 2 1/2 pounds
Average Lifespan: 6 years
Wild Diet: Small rodents, birds, and snakes
Predators: Man
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Discoveryland: Woodland Edge


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