Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2019-11

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 3:46 PM
Length of time observed: 10 min
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Forest Park, St. George, Utah
County: Washington
Latilong: 37.126754,-113.546080
Elevation: 2860 ft.
Distance to bird: Between 30-60 yards away.
Optical equipment: Binoculars
Weather: Clear & sunny
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Hawk-sized
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Black
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
All black on top. 4-6 bands on tail of black & white. From underneath, dark chest and lighter colored flight feathers. Narrow wings.
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Soaring
Habitat: Desert, sagebrush scrub
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Initially thought it was a Turkey Vulture, noticing dark chest with lighter colored wingtips and soaring behavior similar to vulture., but seemed smaller. Eventually got a better look of back of bird and noticed all black, with a yellow beak, no red head. Wings narrower than Common Blackhawk, and flight feathers coloring underneath seemed much too light for a Common Blackhawk.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Audubon app on iOS
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Holden Green
Observer's address: 668 N. 1620 W. Cir, St. George UT 84770
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 5/11/2019
Additional material: No_additional_Materials
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