Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-22

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: Jun 25, 2016
Time: 7:40 AM
Length of time observed: 10 mins
Number: 2
Age: 1 ad, 1 imm
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Elevation: 2,800'
Distance to bird: 100 yards to 1/4 mile
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars and 500mm lens
Weather: Sunny and clear
Light Conditions: beautiful morning light
Description:        Size of bird: large
(Description:)       Basic Shape: hawk
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: black
(Description:)            Bill Type: hawk-like
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
All black, with checkered primaries and secondaries from beneath. Adult had 3 white tail stripes, immature had barred tail. Both had yellow bill. Unmistakable--see photos.
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: Flying together over wash
Habitat: Desert Riparian
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
None, there is no dark hawk species shaped like this, that shows up in North America--and clearly not a Turkey Vulture.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen in Utah, Arizona, and Mexico on various occasions.
References consulted:  
Description from: From memory
Observer:  Tim Avery
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Nate Brown
Date prepared: Aug 30, 2016
Additional material: Photos
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