Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-22a

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: 5/9/2016
Time: ~9:00AM
Length of time observed: 2-5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Lytle Ranch Preserve
County: Washington
Distance to bird:  
Optical equipment: 10x42 binoculars, Canon 7D 300mm with 1.4x TC (420mm equiv.)
Weather: Sunny, clear
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
All dark Buteo with bold and thick black and white tail bands. Dark trailing edge of wing. Head obviously feathered and yellow bill clearly seen. Wing shape: long and skinny with no bulging secondaries. See this eBird checklist for additional photos:
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Common Black-Hawk: eliminated by wing shape. Turkey Vulture: eliminated by plumage.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
First Zone-tailed in Utah, but had experience from Arizona and Texas. Extensive experience with Common Black-Hawk from Utah and Arizona.
References consulted:  
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Neil Paprocki, Evan Buechley
Observer's address: Salt Lake City, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 5/1/2018
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: At the time of this sighting we did not realize this was on the Utah review list as they are seen nearly annually in Washington County at a few different locations -- it is possible, and very likely that a few breeding pairs exist in the county. Others likely reported this same bird later in the summer at Lytle Ranch.   [2016-22]