Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: May 10 2012
Time: 2:10
Length of time observed: 7 minutes
Number: 1
Age: female
Location: BYU campus
Distance to bird: 40 feet
Optical equipment:  
Weather: slightly overcast
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: 3.5 to 4 feet
(Description:)       Basic Shape: hawk
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: black with light flight feathers
(Description:)            Bill Type: black and curved
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
It was a massive black bird of prey with grey flight feathers. It's head did not protrude and it's tail feathers did not fan out at all. The wings were in a V-shape. It flapped it wings once or twice and points flew very low to the ground.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: It was soaring in the air circling once or twice. As it was soaring it rocked in the air like a vulture would.
Habitat: Valley surrounded by mountains. Not very much greenery.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Common black hawk, but I eliminated it because the bird behaved like a vulture like a zone-tailed would. Short-tailed hawk which I eliminated because this bird was much to big to be a short-tailed.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Wikipedia, Clark, William S. (2004). "Is the Zone-tailed Hawk a Mimic?". Birding 36 (5): 495 498.
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Dana Kendall, Jonathon Owen, Arthur Morrill
Observer's address: 167 HGB Provo Utah 84606
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: May 10 2012
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: It was awesome and I'm still super excited about it.