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Ferruginous hawk skewers a prairie dog

This species of hawk is the largest of all North American hawks, and because of their similar size and proportions they are often mistaken for eagles.

Ferruginous means “rust colored” and is a reference to the reddish-brown back and legs of these birds, whereas the rest of their feathers are pale white and grey when this species presents in its most common morph.

When they were still prevalent in the western United States, ferruginous hawks would use the bones and hair of long dead bison to build their nests, along with other, more common nest building materials.



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